WV's multi-purpose cash assistance, with the government's social protection office, gave quake-affected families a timely, flexible way to meet their basic needs through cash and vouchers. The Sulawesi disaster response shows that the voices from young disaster-affected populations must be heard as well, using effective humanitarian coordination mechanisms, to make informed choices and enable sustainable and quality support for those who need it through child-sensitive social protection mechanisms

Revolutionising Cash

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6.7 million beneficiaries in at least 44 countries were reached by cash and voucher programming in 2021.


World Vision has been using cash and voucher-based programming (CVP) in emergency and recovery contexts for more than 15 years, and, as of the most recent analysis by the Overseas Development Institute Humanitarian Policy Group, we ranked third in the global CVP implementation market (behind World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR).

CVP is an enabler of child well-being.

CVP provides immediate survival assistance and helps children and their caregivers to recover and thrive by addressing the underlying issues of poverty.

CVP promotes dignity for people affected by emergencies, providing them with choice, control and flexibility.

CVP helps build resilience, by driving the recovery of local markets. It connects beneficiaries, as consumers, with local suppliers and service providers, building the local economy where supply is adequate.

When done right and done well, CVP puts people at the centre of any humanitarian response.

World Vision's CVP portfolio was US$412 million (nearly 40% of our humanitarian assistance) and served more than 6.7 million people in 2021. 


World Vision delivered cash cards to Venezuelan migrant families to help them purchase badly-needed food and other necessities from local shops during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Our Commitment

In line with our promise to deliver 50% of humanitarian aid through cash and vouchers to 4 million of the most vulnerable children in fragile contexts by 2022, we are committed to:

  • localising aid and dramatically scaling up the use of cash programming in humanitarian operations 
  • prioritising digital payments and access to financial services to promote financial inclusion 
  • fundamentally changing the way cash and voucher assistance is delivered 
  • helping build a humanitarian system ready for ever-changing challenges.

Read more about the people we support through cash

I had farmland, goats, and I was leading a good life. I was left destitute in the [inter-communal] conflict [in Oromia region]. We arrived with nothing. Because of this cash, I am able to feed my children. It gives me the freedom to buy what we need most.
– Halima, an IDP and mother of seven, Somali region, Ethiopia
After natural disasters, people are dependent on humanitarian disaster management relief efforts to provide basic necessities. Cash and vouchers are an enabler to financial inclusion and provide beneficiaries with dignity and choice.

Bandarban Flood Response 2019

World Vision's response to the floods in Bandarban, Bangladesh targeted 20,000 households to support in the initial three months of recovery.

World Vision was able to immediately support 1,710 households (8,550 people) with multipurpose cash grants, special grants for people living with disabilities, and hygiene kits and awareness orientations.