Cash and voucher assistance

Woman holding cash

There is unprecedented humanitarian need today — countries around the world spend about $14 billion a year helping 125 million people affected by wars and natural disasters.

While it’s a common perception that distributing food or supplies is the best way to help people when crises strike, cash-based assistance is one of the most effective ways to help people get back on their feet and on their way to recovery.

  • $35m

    cash distributions we've infused into local economies in 2019
  • 1.8m

    people we provided with cash during emergencies
  • 15k

    refugees in Jordan we gave cash to help them get missing documents
  • 64k

    households in Iraq we've provided with cash since Sept. 2017


Cash — in the form of vouchers, prepaid debit cards, mobile transfers, paper money or cash-for-work — is a direct way of putting this support in the hands of the people who need it, in an efficient, sustainable and dignified way.

It’s also a vital tool to bridge the divide between emergency response and longer-term recovery; cash programming has a ripple effect, jumpstarting local economies and connecting people to financial services for the first time. 

Over the last decade, Mercy Corps has implemented cash programming in 31 countries. We have become a leader in providing cash when people need it most. Even in the midst of war, cash can help build pockets of resilience.