Technology in Cash-based Assistance in Refugee Crises

  • Hossein Baharmand (Speaker)
  • Piotrowicz, W. (Speaker)
  • Fabio Sgarbossa (Speaker)
  • Joseph Ntayi (Speaker)
  • Adam Widera (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Digital technology is transforming cash-based assistance (CBA) with the potential to increase access to financial resources and
services during times of crisis while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of assistance. Innovations based on digital
technology range from how main CBA actors (i.e., humanitarian organizations (HOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
donors, technology providers and business partners) identify and verify people eligible for assistance, collect data for assessments and monitoring, in addition to communicate with disaster-affected populations. Digital payment systems, including mobile money, electronic vouchers, electronic cash, and recently blockchain-based transfers – when used appropriately – can deliver timelier, more secure, cost effective, and more inclusive assistance. Our research seeks to answer how to support policy makers at HOs, NGOs, and donors to make informed decisions about the use of digital technologies in CBA.
Event title2021 EURO HOpe mini-conference: Financial, Cash and Voucher Assistance in Humanitarian Supply Chains
Event typeConference
Conference number2021
LocationHelsinki, FinlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics