The nature of humanitarian crises is changing. More people are in need and for longer. Today’s emergencies, both man-made and natural, are putting the humanitarian system under severe strain. We urgently need to invest in new approaches to protect the lives and dignity of those affected and to ensure aid is spent as efficiently as possible. “This report shows why giving aid directly in the form of cash is often a highly effective way to reduce suffering and to make limited humanitarian aid budgets go further. We urge the humanitarian community to give more aid as cash, and to make cash central to future emergency response planning. Moving to a coordinated system of cash transfers is also an opportunity for broader reform of the humanitarian system, so that aid providers of the future can work in a more complementary way to maximise their impact. We are concerned that, unless we consciously decide to do things differently, the humanitarian system will not increase the use of cash transfers as much as it should, or take advantage of this opportunity for reform. We make 12 recommendations which chart the next steps for donors, governments and humanitarian agencies….”

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TAFAD is in the process of preparing a paper that takes a comprehensive look at the evolving tools of humanitarian assistance with a specific focus on humanitarian food assistance.