Key Figures

Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) Modality Requirements
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Requerimientos financieros
$219 M
06 May 2021
Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPC) Requirements
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Requerimientos financieros
$183 M
06 May 2021

PRIORITY NEEDS

Socio-economic status, the lack of financial resources and regulatory barriers are key factors impacting refugees´ and migrants’ ability to cover their basic needs. The COVID-19 crisis and preventive measures, such as widespread lockdown measures and the closure of businesses, have exacerbated entrenched vulnerabilities related to inadequate access to food, housing, healthcare, education and employment. A majority of refugees and migrants from Venezuela have experienced difficulties accessing the markets: fear to go out due to the pandemic, limitations of movement, and security concerns have been reported as the top three limitations, jointly with a general increase in food prices compared to before the pandemic16. In general, data shows that the priorities of refugees and migrants from Venezuela are access to food, shelter, and finding a job (or income sources). Many refugees and migrants from Venezuela pay rent for their housing, however the risk of eviction has increased extensively during the pandemic. For instance, in Ecuador, the Joint Needs Assessment showed that 44 per cent of the surveyed population had been evicted because they could not afford to pay their rent and 36 per cent had to move to a place with lower rental costs.17 In Colombia, 72 per cent of households prioritizing food and 80 per cent of those prioritizing shelter stated that they preferred cash transfers as an assistance modality

RESPONSE STRATEGY

The response will respond to the humanitarian needs, heightened by COVID-19, while simultaneously continuing to support stakeholders to seek durable solutions for refugees and migrants and affected host communities. In general, cash transfers, namely multipurpose cash transfers (MPC) are an appropriate and practical tool to respond to the identified needs, minimizing the use of negative coping strategies and acting as a safety net for refugees and migrants during the health and economic crisis expected to continue in 2021, while at the same time supporting local markets, enabling continuity of delivery and mitigating COVID-19 transmissions risks.19 As a result, some USD 183 million in assistance will be disbursed through multipurpose cash (MPC) transfers in 2021. With the support of 47 partners across 17 countries, National and Sub-regional Platforms are planning to reach 1.3 million refugees, migrants, and host communities with multipurpose cash transfers. The Regional Cash Working Group (CWG) aims to ensure greater levels of complementarity and coherence between the multiple sectoral CVA20 to be provided under the RMRP, and to facilitate the scale-up of effective MPC in the region, in support of National and Sub-regional Platforms (including their Cash WGs) and Sectors. As the results from a regional survey show, promoting linkages between humanitarian assistance and social protection systems is a key priority for partners.21 Therefore, the Regional CWG will continue fostering dialogue and collaboration between national and sub-regional Cash Working Groups, and national authorities to strengthen those links, leveraging partners’ presence on the ground and long-standing work with social protection systems, to increasingly support them to assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants with cash assistance. MPC will be distributed in countries with a presence of refugee and migrant populations, as well as affected host communities where socio-economic vulnerabilities are identified. The cash response will focus on vulnerable households who, due to a lack of financial resources, are unable to meet their basic needs, are exposed to protection risks (including GBV survivors or those at risk of GBV or evictions), suffer from food insecurity, cannot access decent and safe housing, use negative coping mechanisms to meet their needs, or are unable to engage in activities to achieve their socio-economic integration, to name a few. It is also important to have a better understanding of the role that CVA may play in the protection and empowerment of persons with disabilities in humanitarian contexts, or the risks that persons with disabilities may face when they access to cash in these settings. It is foreseen that partners will implement CVA as a complementary tool to facilitate access to goods and services that contribute to specific sectoral objectives, especially Food Security, Protection (including GBV), Shelter (rental assistance) and Integration. Furthermore, in the regional survey, partners highlight the importance of putting the protection of refugees and migrants at the centre of CVA, and that gender analysis has been a priority to evaluate the different modalities of assistance, as well as building mechanisms to enable the provision of information, participation, and feedback mechanisms in CVA activities for 2021.23

HIGHLIGHTS

Factsheet
Elections Co-leaders Cash Working Group
28 Jul 2021

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REGIONAL CASH WORKING GROUP-R4V- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
16 Sep 2021

The Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela recognized the need to create a product-oriented Regional…

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Cash and Voucher Assistance in Response to COVID-19
08 May 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance in Response to COVID-19

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SECTOR CONTACTs

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RMRP 2021 Mid-Year Report

Report on progress made by R4V partners from January to June implementing the RMRP 2021, including people reached per sector and national and sub-regional platform, as well as areas of critical under-funding affecting the response for refugees and migrants from Venezuela. 

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11 October 2021
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REGIONAL CASH WORKING GROUP-R4V- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Regional Interagency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela recognized the need to create a product-oriented Regional Working Group on Cash-Based Interventions, which aims to support national / sub-regional platforms and country-level working groups under the regional platform umbrella while recognizing the leadership of country-based responses (ToR, 2019).

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16 September 2021
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Producto GTM GIFMM
GIFMM Colombia: Cuantificación de personas en vulnerabilidad económica que pueden atenderse por medio de Transferencias Monetarias Multipropósito

Esta nota, desarrollada por el GIFMM y el Grupo de Transferencias Monetarias de Colombia, propone una metodología para la identificación multisectorial de refugiados y migrantes de Venezuela con vocación de permanencia en Colombia que, como lo indica la guía para CVA del RMRP 2021, experimenten vulnerabilidad socioeconómica, traducida en dificultades para generar ingresos, reducción de estos y, que estén enfrentando barreras económicas para acceder a los bienes y servicios esenciales, que podrían atenderse por medio de programas de transferencias monetarias multipropósito, con el fin de fortalecer el análisis de respuesta como parte de la planeación de construcción del RMRP 2022.

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09 September 2021
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RMRP
Guidance
Cash & Environment Checklist

This document is a draft version for piloting of the Cash & Environment Checklist prepared by the Project “Environmental Considerations in Cash & Voucher Assistance” which UNHCR Colombia is developing with financial support of UNEP and in collaboration with the Colombia Cash Working Group (CWG). It contains 7 sheets, the contents and considerations of each of them are described below.

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01 September 2021
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RMRP 2020 End-Year Report

End-year report on the activities of the RMRP 2020 in 17 countries of the regional response for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

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14 July 2021
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RMRP RMRP 2020 end-year report regional
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GTRM Tacna: 5W Mayo

Resultados de la respuesta mensual en el departamento de Tacna. Mayo 2021.

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07 July 2021
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