| Feb 19, 2023
Cash as humanitarian aid
Illustration photo by Christian Jepsen/NRC.
Cash-based assistance is one example of how the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is helping those who are forced to flee.
This type of assistance allows people in crisis to purchase the local food, products and services they need. It allows NRC to be faster, more efficient, and more transparent and it gets more assistance directly to the displaced people we serve, who can spend it as they see fit.
Cash-based assistance can also boost local economies. When cash is provided in the form of aid, it can create a demand for goods and services. This in turn can play a role in rebuilding or building up local infrastructure and markets.
The majority of NRC’s cash projects give unconditional and unrestricted cash. We use digital technologies, like mobile phones and electronic cards, to make the transfers.
While goods need to be sorted, packed, shipped, stored, and distributed, cash arrives immediately.
Cash assistance ensures that we respect the individual choices of people. It gives people the freedom to decide for themselves what or need to purchase. This leads to a more dignified response for people who have been forced to flee.