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Gender-Sensitive Cash and Voucher Assistance

Three women and two children stand behind a bundle of food. One of the women holds up a card.

What does gender-sensitive cash and voucher assistance look like, particularly in emergency and crisis contexts?

With gendered elements of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) often being built on assumptions rather than on evidence, CARE has identified the need to draw on the voices of women, girls, men, and boys in order to respond to this question.

CARE’s strategic ambition for CVA aspires to have all projects with CVA be gender sensitive and is committed to ensuring that projects are centered around women and girls, addressing their needs, challenges, and opportunities. For CVA to be gender sensitive it must meet the following four elements, relevant to all contexts:

Four parts of a circle, with each part housing a different sentence. The 4 sections read, 1) Responds to unique needs of all genders, 2) Recognizes diversity within gender groups, 3) Avoids exposing recipients to harm and risk, and 4) Builds on social norms work

Based on CARE’s research on its programming with CVA, six recommendations were identified as being critical for gender-sensitive CVA.

CVA that works for women is:

  • Gender-sensitive
  • Not only designed for them, but most importantly, with them
  • Based on robust gender analysis
  • Designed to sustainably transform gender roles and relations
  • Designed to increase their ability to manage their finances in the long term
  • Designed to protect them

In 2021, CARE and our partners reached 2.65 million people via CVA.

In 2021, CARE transferred 119 million USD directly to participants.


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