Cash and voucher assistance
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.
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.