Cash Masterclass in Paris

Paris Cash Masterclass

May 20th – May 22nd at Espace Saint Martin, Paris

This three-day masterclass will be led by several cash experts at the forefront of their respective topics. It is also a unique opportunity to exchange with highly talented participants while hearing about the latest trends and developments influencing cash and voucher assistance. Participants can independently select any of the three days or attend the whole seminar.

The course is interactive (i.e. minimum slide show presentation), drawing on participants’ experiences and knowledge. Time will be dedicated to discussions and opinion-sharing, this class will help advance key debates. It is delivered in English.

Course objectives

By the end of the Cash Masterclass participants will be able to:

  • Explain the major policy level commitments and debates around Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA)

  • Discuss the latest state of cash related evidence

  • Reflect on what these trends and opportunities mean for their organisation

  • Advocate for the appropriate use of CVA across contexts with a focus on cash and risks

  • Identify the key elements of different operational models within whole of cash response system

  • Demonstrate the Value for Money of different modalities across various operational models

  • Identify options, opportunities and key considerations for linking humanitarian CVA with social protection systems.

Course structure

The class will run from 9AM to 5PM every day. Each day is organized around a specific topic, and while it is possible to attend a topic independently to the others, they build on each other. Evening events will also be offered to participants such as thematic discussions. Participants are encouraged to contact the course organizers if there is a particular theme they would like to discuss » (or even facilitate a discussion on)

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions and group work. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable.

DAY 1 – The state of evidence – led by Isabelle Pelly

–  Setting the scene – how the class topics interact

  The Grand Bargain and other commitments towards the use of CVA

  The latest state of evidence: quality; risk; gender; delivering together; and sustainable solutions: how live are each of these issues, and what are the implications for my organisation?

DAY 2 – Operational Model and Value for Money – led by Helene Juillard

  Operational Models and Whole of Cash Response System: a taxonomy

  Demonstrating CVA Value for Money

  Value for Money of Operational Models: how predictable is it?

DAY 3 – Social Protection – led by Gabrielle Smith

  Linking emergency CVA with social protection systems

  Opportunities and challenges for linking CVA with social protection systems

Who should attend? 

This class is designed for time poor practitioners, donors and policy makers with a desire to deepen their grasp of the global policy debates and trends around CVA. The class will focus on the conceptual and political aspects of CVA in the current humanitarian arena and across the nexus. It will not focus on operational considerations. A sound understanding of the programmatic and semantic aspects of CVA is required to join the class.

Your trainers

Helene Juillard leads Key Aid’s cash and markets workstream. She is a member of the CaLP Technical Advisory Group and of the advisory board for the Markets in Crisis group. She has led cash and market related research and evaluations across the globe and authored the Minimum Standard for Market Analysis, the Pre- Crisis Market Analysis along with Cash guidance for UNDP, CARE, DCA and Oxfam. Helene is currently leading a multi country research on operational models for CVA delivery.

Isabelle Pelly has been at the forefront of innovation and progress in the use of cash and voucher assistance for the last decade. Her relevant experience spans strategy design, programme management, advisory roles at field office and headquarters, donor policy, and inter-agency cash coordination. She most recently led CaLP’s technical work from 2015 to 2018. Throughout her time in this role, she oversaw CaLP’s research and knowledge management portfolios, and capacity building work, as well as chairing CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group, comprised of the top cash and markets experts from the membership.

Gabrielle Smith is a social protection specialist with 16 years’ experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian and development programming spanning technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation. She has been at the forefront of global initiatives exploring the potential for using and strengthening national social protection systems in humanitarian contexts. She developed a background paper for the World Bank on how to operationalise Adaptive Social Protection. She was a lead researcher in the DFID research on shock responsive social protection, led the feasibility study for the conditional cash for education programme for refugees in Turkey and was on the team leading the evaluation of the Emergency Social Safety Net ESSN evaluation in Turkey. She has designed and piloted an assessment tool for UNICEF to explore options for using national social protection systems for shock response and developed e-learning and face to face training on the topic for CaLP and UNICEF.

How much does it cost to attend the training? 

Our fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch, and refreshments. Our training is non-residential but we usually offer recommendations on affordable accommodations close by.

Standard fees: one-day 300 EUR; three-day 750 EUR. 

Early bird: if you register and pay by March 31st, 2019, you will get a 10% discount.

Individuals working for organisations based in the global south are offered a 30% discount on our training fees.

Group discount: organisations booking at least 3 participants at the same time get a 20% discount on training fees.

Note: those discounts are non-cumulative.

(NB: if you are a French-based organisation, we will have to charge you 20% VAT on top of the training fees)

Still have some questions? 

Check out our Terms and Conditions here 

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