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Cash Barometer

The potential of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programming has been demonstrated many times over. But how does the humanitarian “cash revolution” present itself to the intended beneficiaries? What concerns do affected people have and how can their perspectives help inform a more effective roll-out of cash-based assistance? To find out, we partnered with the German Federal Foreign Office and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) to launch the Cash Barometer.

The Cash Barometer is an independent accountability mechanism that combines standardised face-to-face surveys with user-centred approaches to allow cash recipients to provide feedback on cash and voucher assistance, and participate in decision making.

The Cash Barometer was first deployed in Afghanistan. We have since conducted perception surveys in Turkey, Kenya and Iraq.


We launched in Nigeria in late 2019 with a survey of recipients of CVA in Borno State. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted the Cash Barometer to explore perceptions of the economic impact of the pandemic, as experienced by CVA recipients, humanitarian actors and financial service providers.

February 2020: Perceptions of Cash and Voucher Recipients in Borno State (EN)

May 2020:  Key economic concerns during COVID-19: Maiduguri Cash Working Group (EN)

Central African Republic

The Cash Barometer has launched in CAR in 2020 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are conducting a series of qualitative interviews with market traders and CVA recipients to capture User Voices in the context of the crisis.

August 2020: Cash Barometer Analysis: Central African Republic (EN)

October 2020: Cash assistance during COVID-19: perspectives of cash recipients and traders (FR)

You can read more about how the Cash Barometer is supporting CVA actors to respond to COVID-19 here.