Linking Cash and Voucher Aid to Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean – Systematization Paper (11-6-2021) – Colombia

REGIONAL LEARNING EVENT: LINKING CASH AND VOUCHERS TO SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Period: March- May 2021

1. Introduction

The purpose of this document is to systematize the process of organizing the regional learning event on “Linking cash and voucher assistance with social protection systems”, convened by REDLAC and the regional working group on -R4V species for May 20, 2021.

The Grand Bargain Working Cash Workstream, in particular its subgroup on “Linking Social Protection to Humanitarian Cash Transfers”, has identified the need for improved dialogue and knowledge sharing between different humanitarian and social protection actors. The regional learning event and its documentation seeks to contribute to this in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The objectives were:

• Promote dialogue between social protection and humanitarian actors on cash transfers.

• Learning collectively to identify links in practice and to open dialogue on challenges and opportunities.
To this end, the following actions have been carried out, carried out by a team formed by CashCap and the World Food Program with the collaboration of SPACE and OCHA.

I. Concept note: a concept note is developed and an agreement is reached on the work plan, roles and responsibilities, the conceptual framework to be used and the tools (form and videos) are developed – 22/02- 23/03 .

II. Call for examples: all actors in the region are invited to share examples, good practices and challenges of the links between social protection and cash transfers, through a “Call for examples” in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese – 23/03 – 16/04 III. Review of proposals: All proposals are reviewed, analyzing linkages, diversity and inclusiveness of dialogue, alignment with conceptual framework and learning objectives -19/04-07/05.

IV. Invitation to Panelists: Organizations are invited to a meeting to propose a dialogue on their role as a panelist, comments, a suggested format, tools and instructions – 07/05-10/05.

V. Catalog of experiences: The experiences are documented through the information provided in the form and the audiovisual supports (optional) – 11/05-25/05.

VI. Regional online event: A regional event was organized in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English, bringing together more than 20 panelists from 5 governments, 3 UN agencies, 4 international NGOs, 1 Dutch Red Cross, 1 national NGO. 05/20 VII. Systematization and dissemination: Documentation of the approach, tools, experiences, event and feedback from the public – 27/05- 04/06

Joel C. Hicks