Cash and Voucher Assistance along Humanitarian Supply Chains: A Literature Review and Directions for Future Research

Amin Maghsoudi*, Russell Harpring, Wojciech Piotrowicz, Graham Heaslip

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study reviews research on cash and voucher assistance (CVA) by applying a humanitarian supply chain management perspective. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify, analyse, and synthesize past academic research. The Content-Context-Process framework was used to structure the content analysis. The findings reveal that the outcomes of CVA programmes are
dependent upon critical context-specific factors which influence feasibility and operability. Humanitarian actors must consider factors that are external to the supply chain (i.e., the nature of disaster, politics, economy, and infrastructure) as well as internal to the supply network (i.e., local market availability and accessibility, supplier/donor interest, supplier/vendor selection and contracting, and beneficiary preference). The delivery process is influenced by these factors, which has an impact on programme responsiveness and cost-efficiency. The results provide insights for humanitarian practitioners to reconsider their supply chain strategies when deciding on the selection and implementation of CVA programmes. Potential gaps in the literature are identified, and ecommendations for further research are listed.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalDisasters
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)42-77
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 25.10.2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 512 Business and Management
  • cash and voucher assistance
  • disasters
  • humanitarian logistics
  • supply chain management
  • literature review
  • financial service providers

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

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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