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Cash Preparedness Learning Series

Practitioner Webinars 

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Reaching those in need within 72 hours of a crisis with life-saving assistance is achievable. By prepositioning programs ahead of emergencies, humanitarian agencies can deliver high-impact aid without compromising on speed.
As part of its Ready to Respond: Cash Preparedness Learning Series, the IRC invites you to two webinars sharing new knowledge and tools needed to effectively preposition cash relief programs ahead of crises. These webinars follow the learning series launch event, Meeting the Demand for Electronic Payments in Humanitarian Response co-hosted by the IRC and UNCDF in New York on July 22nd.

Intended for technical practitioners, donors, financial service providers and governments, these webinars will provide key lessons from operationalizing preparedness in order to assist humanitarian, private sector and government actors to make progress against the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Grand Bargain commitments to increase the use of cash relief and to invest in new delivery models for scaling cash transfers. 

Leveraging Digital Social Protection Systems for Better Disaster Response

August 31st, 2016 @ 9:00-10:00am EST

Leveraging Digital Social Protection Systems for Better Disaster Response examines new and diverse opportunities for harnessing the potential of increasingly digitized social safety nets for more effective humanitarian preparedness and response.  

Intended specifically for practitioners interested in opportunities to leverage digital social protection systems for cash preparedness and response efforts, this webinar will guide participants through the various trends, options and considerations emerging around the globe. This includes highlighting recent experience and lessons learned of the IRC, WFP and the BTCA.


  • Greg Matthews, Deputy Director Cash Initiatives, International Rescue Committee (IRC)  
  • Sana Khan, Research and Development Officer, IRC
  • Antoine Renard, Head of Programme Support Unit, World Food Program (WFP)
  • Camilo Tellez, Knowledge and Research Manager, Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA)


  • Jamie Zimmerman, Senior Independent Advisor

Designing Programs before they are Needed

September 7th, 2016 @ 9:00-10:30am EST

Designing Programs before they are Needed presents practical and concrete lessons from diverse implementers’ own experiences designing cash relief programs for predictable emergencies. Beyond sharing lessons with pre-positioning entire cash programs in Ethiopia and Pakistan, this webinar will “zoom in” on steps that are unique to cash program prepositioning, such as selecting and contracting payment providers, conducting market analyses in advance of crises, as well as preparedness financing.   


  • Yoann Tuzzolino, Cash Preparedness Adviser, IRC            
  • Muhammad Atiq, Head of Office Sindh, Pakistan, IRC
  • Helene Julliard, Independent Humanitarian Consultant
  • Lily Frey, Electronic Cash Transfer Officer, Mercy Corps and ELAN
  • Matthew Keyes, Team Leader, Specific Thematic Policies Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, ECHO


  • Jamie Zimmerman, Senior Independent Advisor
Register for the webinars by clicking links above. For more information, contact Sarah Cueva, and follow #digitalpreparedness on Twitter for updates.

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