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SDC Cash and Voucher Assistance Hub

Welcome to the Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) online hub of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). As a pioneer in CVA since the 1990s, our enduring commitment lies with those in need. We offer support through CVA, a modality in humanitarian aid. Explore how SDC operates globally as a CVA actor, donor, and advocate.

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15 January 2024

SDC as CVA Pioneer

SDC was an early pioneer of cash and voucher assistance (CVA), adopting the modality well before it gained momentum in the humanitarian aid sector following the natural disaster in South East Asia in 2004. Switzerland began exploring CVA in the late '90s, primarily deploying sector-specific cash projects, notably for shelter during the Balkan War. Ever since, Switzerland has been a strong advocate of this people-centred approach. The establishment of the community of practice on cash within the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) in 2005 underscored SDC's strategic commitment to advancing expertise and collaboration in the evolving landscape of humanitarian cash assistance. Over the past 25 years, Switzerland has maintained its leadership position, implementing more than 30 projects and supporting partner organisations in project implementation, capacity building, and financing for cash projects.

15 January 2024

Multipurpose Cash for Recovery: Locally-led Humanitarian Action in Guatemala

In late 2020, Guatemala grappled with severe crises as Tropical Depressions Eta and Iota struck, causing loss of life and extensive damage. Switzerland responded by deploying the GIAR and EEL teams, working with local partners to deliver aid and implement monetary distribution projects, empowering affected communities.

15 January 2024

Expert Group Cash

As one of the 11 Expert Groups of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, members of the Expert Group Cash provide expertise in cash and voucher assistance (CVA) at strategic and operational levels, all while never losing sight of our core objective: to assist people in need.

15 January 2024


SDC plays a significant role as an actor in the context of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in international humanitarian and development work. SDC can rely on the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) which has an expert group on CVA. Find out more about SDC's role in CVA and highlighted projects.


Humanitarian Aid and Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit
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