Transforming the delivery of cash programming through collective impact
Save the Children UK
Jessica Saulle, Collaborative Cash Delivery co-manager - [email protected]
Introduction to the project
The Collaborative Cash Delivery Network (CCD) is a global initiative but is currently piloting in Ethiopia, Uganda, Colombia and Ecuador.
August 2016 - ongoing
The CCD is transforming cash and voucher assistance delivery for the benefit of the most deprived by establishing collaboration, putting capacities together and avoiding duplication.
The goal of the global Collaborative Cash Delivery Network (CCD) is to establish strong support platforms that allow for an efficient use of funding and greater effectiveness by bringing humanitarian actors delivering cash programming together in a structured, adaptable way to maximise operational effectiveness and efficiency in an adaptable, agile, collaborative ecosystem.
Different organisations of the Collaborative Cash Delivery Network have provided facilitators to set-up in-country collaboration and overcome barriers to collaboration.
Different organisations of an in-country Collaborative Cash Delivery agree put together their systems and capacities, to be transparent with regards to their capacity to undertake a programme functions and to not duplicate cash and voucher functions.
Data sharing agreements and systems are developed to securely and responsibly share beneficiary information and therefore avoid beneficiary duplication.
Main activities of the Good Practice
The CCD network brings humanitarian actors delivering cash programming together in a structured, adaptable way to maximise operational effectiveness and efficiency in an adaptable, agile, collaborative ecosystem allowing the partners to reach greater scale and amplify impact. The CCD has several working groups to bring about the collective impact.
See more: collaborativecash.org/our-work
Action Against Hunger (ACF), ACTED, Adeso, CARE, Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Danish Church Aid (DCA), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), OxFam, Relief International, Save the Children, and World Vision.
Challenges and how they were overcome
It takes time to establish trust between partners, especially if the type of agency is different. Agreeing on data sharing with partners responding to different legislation/regulation takes time.
However, the Network has developed collaboration know-how based on the Partnership Brokering Association material and training. In both countries, partners now work collaboratively.
Results of the Good Practice
- The set-up allows to limit duplication and related inefficiency. Based on counterfactual data, this means that an average of 10% more beneficiaries can be served
- Having the support of multiple organisations using the same SOPs and framework allows for a unified approach and a joint voice on the issue of targeting and beneficiary communities, which leads to a limitation of exclusions and errors
- Referral systems are put in place by member organisations that are specialised in protection and gender-based violence
A number of countries are looking at developing Collaborative Cash Delivery collaborations.
The CCD is working on refining and scaling up its approach by developing common standards, agreements and protocols for collaboration and programme operations in cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and therefore have a common way of working across all partners relevant to undertake strong CVA. The CCD is seeking funding to fully undertake this work and scale it up beyond the current pilot countries. It is also looking at digitalising all agreement template, standard operation procedures, governance modelling tool as well as creating a marketplace of all relevant actors working on Cash and voucher assistance and at creating a way to analyse efficiency and effectiveness. Eventually, it is researching ways to securely and equitably share beneficiary information in a way that evolves with the way individual can be currently identified and would like to test data governance methodologies such as data trust. This programme of work will take until December 2022.