CCD works with international NGOs to address weaknesses in humanitarian cash delivery programming using collaboration approaches. The objectives below help CCD provide NGOs with the structural capabilities they need to be scalable, predictable, and adaptable within their context.
SHARED CAPACITY & POOLED RESOURCES
Our hope is that by encouraging our members to become interoperable that we can reduce barriers to collaboration.
Some ways our members are working to harmonise their cash programmes so they can work together more smoothly, include:
exploring where systems can be integrated
standardising operating procedures
mapping technical expertise and geographical footprints.
CCD believes in an approach that brings cash actors together to collectively define problems within a context and create a shared vision to solve them.
This could include advocating for use of best practices by all cash actors, submitting joint proposals, soliciting service providers to improve processes, etc.
Currently, actors in humanitarian crises duplicate programmatic activities, compete for funding, and subcontract the same service providers. This is a deeply inefficient model. CCD endeavours to develop models where capacities are amplified and shared and resources pooled between members for greater operational efficiency.
Members are doing this through common technologies, knowledge sharing, and joint technology units.
AGILE AND CONTEXT-APPROPRIATE SERVICES & PRODUCTS
PREPARING THE FUTURE
CCD works at the global level, developing collaboration models, products, and services that support the entire network. At the same time, these are tested, iterated, and improved upon by inclusive, local CCD networks around the world.
Some collaboration models being used and/or piloted by our national networks include consortia, operational alliances, and rapid relief cash funds.
Cash programming has long served as a catalyst and proxy for systems change in the humanitarian sector. While CCD’s focus is on revolutionising how cash programming is collaboratively delivered for better impact, we believe that this work can inform sectoral and multi-sectoral programming approaches, as well as the aid system as a whole.
In-country networks are doing this in different ways, including strengthening national cash collaborations (e.g. cash working groups) and working with partners to facilitate faster resolutions (e.g. jumpstarting mobile money).
CCD strives to act as a marketplace and matchmaker for all relevant cash actors and establish a fully adaptable, flexible approach to engage new technologies, involve different actors, and adjust to context changes.
We are seeing members accomplish this as they enable their local networks. With this, they are positioning themselves as collaboration and cash delivery experts who can support other key cash actors efforts. However, they recognise that CCD is not always best suited to respond to all needs (e.g. market functionality or security limitations), in which case they liaise with other actors and mechanisms.
GLOBAL COLLABORATION SUPPORT
CCD is building in an incremental way. The main issues and collaboration barriers that CCD has identified, based on an in-depth user journey with global and national partners, include data sharing, local governance, and resource streamlining.
Whilst there is an increase in spontaneous collaborations by members of national networks who are working through barriers ad hoc. Under this approach, the global network is supporting national networks with:
collaboration models, standards, and guidance
development of a collaboration modelling tool – Response Builder
decision making guidance for structuring a collaboration
deployment of Collaboration Managers
trust building mechanisms
agreement templates, etc.
engaging with potential cash actors to help map the local ecosystem's comparative advantages, geographical footprint, capacities, relationships, and expertise
brainstorming prototype ideas
prioritising data standards and governance
brainstorming prototype ideas
Collaboration planning with global CCD partners in Nairobi
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developing standards to select, negotiate, procure, and contract services for functions across cash transfer operations
creating standards, aggregators and systems to share data
strengthening the collaborative impact agenda (including promoting inclusive collaboration approaches, business cases for collaboration, network of friends, etc.).