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Getting Cash Right for Women Refugees

Everyone is talking about cash these days. Cash assistance is being significantly scaled up across the humanitarian system as the preferred modality of assistance, where markets allow. And rightly so. Cash is known to enable household choice and dignity; it is faster to deliver; cash transfers can be more efficiently delivered than in-kind assistance (like tarps, mattresses, bags of rice, or maize); and assists local economies in recovering from shocks.

Creating a New Reality, One Street at a Time

If you closed your eyes you would believe you are listening to a group of experienced urban planners outlining their solutions to bring sanitation, lighting, and a sustainable water system to one of Dhaka’s largest urban slums. When you open your eyes you quickly realize that you are listening a group of experienced urban planners; however, they are all volunteers and no member is over the age of 20.

From Rhetoric to Results: Creating Accountability for Gender Standards

Written by Erin Smith, Intern, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Team, World Vision US

Preventing Violence against Women and Girls in Humanitarian Settings

A Conversation with IRC's Women’s Protection and Empowerment Field Staff

by Janine Kossen, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Women’s Protection & Empowerment at IRC

16 Days of Activism: Working together to end gender-based violence

Shahin Ashraf MBE, Islamic Relief’s Global Advocacy Advisor, is coordinating the global campaign and shares her daily observations of the work Islamic Relief is doing around the world. Read her observations throughout the 16 Days of Activism here

Day 1

Leveraging Technology to Empower Vulnerable Populations

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak on humanitarian crises, displacement and refugees at the world’s largest technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The WebSummit convenes tech firms, startups, and venture capitalists to create the tools of the future. Conversations centered on how technology is transforming human life and the promises (and potential dangers) of artificial intelligence.

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