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Final Evaluation of CaLP Activities in the MENA Region

Final Evaluation of CaLP Activities in the MENA Region

Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP), MENA Region

 

 

CaLP has been operating its Middle East and North Africa Office in Amman, Jordan since 2017. In 2018, CaLP received funding from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) to support further expansion of regional presence that would facilitate more intensive engagement on capacity building, research and knowledge management, coordination support, and policy and advocacy objectives. Meraki Labs was commissioned to complete a final evaluation of the CaLP’s overall contribution to building an enabling environment for CVA programming in the region and more broadly. The evaluation assessed past project objectives, not only in light of the MENA context and project aims, but also rapid shifts in context. In order to best serve CaLP’s agenda, the evaluation was focused on assessing approach as compared to the new global strategic plan for the 2020-2025 period.

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendations to the UN Humanitarian Country Team – Cash and Humanitarian Response

Recommendations to the UN Humanitarian Country Team – Cash and Humanitarian Response

CASH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP, YEMEN

Cash transfers in Yemen, delivered through humanitarian actors and social protection systems, offer great opportunities for beneficiary impact and alignment with donor priorities – but this potential is not fully utilized due to fragmentation within the system. Fragmentation may affect the degree to which cash programs in Yemen can be scaled up.


Meraki Labs, on behalf of the Cash and Learning Partnership, conducted independent research into the barriers and opportunities to harmonise humanitarian and social protection cash programs. The end result is a paper which presents options to the HCT and donors.

Recommendation to UN Humanitarian Country Team – Social Protection Integration

Recommendation to UN Humanitarian Country Team – Social Protection Integration

CASH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP, IRAQ

In Iraq, state social protection programmes are a critical component of household income. For the last seven years, communities have also benefited from ongoing humanitarian cash-based support to meet emergency needs. As the humanitarian response to the ISIL crisis winds down, several initiatives for linking humanitarian and social protection systems have been initiated, but none have been sustained or gained sufficient buy in from all stakeholders. The Covid-19 crisis has added a layer of urgency in finding a solution to poverty-focused cash-based social protection initiatives in Iraq.

Meraki Labs supported humanitarian, development, and government actors in understanding the extent to which humanitarian cash assistance and government-led social protection programmes overlap in Iraq, to determine a way forward to support vulnerable households in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, while considering the importance of ongoing recovery from conflict.