Continuing with Cash and Voucher Assistance during the Pandemic: Challenges and Digitized solutions

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Speakers

Amin Maghsoudi (PhD), Postdoctoral Researcher, The HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Russell Harpring, PhD candidate, The HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

Severiyos Aydin, CEO, AIDONIC AG, Switzerland

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Cash and/or Carry Project funded by the Academy of Finland

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Summary

An introduction and description of key challenges to delivering cash and voucher assistance during the pandemic will be presented by Amin Maghsoudi (The HUMLOG Institute).

This will be followed by a discussion expanding upon the problem description and providing insights from different contexts, including difficulties to scale up operations, by Russell Harpring (The HUMLOG Institute). Finally, digital cash assistance solutions in emergencies using blockchain technologies will be discussed by Severiyos Aydin from Aidonic, Inc.

Description

The global impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating and could have long-lasting effects, especially in low income countries and crisis contexts, if not dealt with in a timely and effective way.

Business closures, lockdowns, and restrictions have disrupted supply chains in many countries, which has affected livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. Recommendations such as ‘stay at home’, ‘keep social distancing’, and ‘stock up on food and sanitation items’ may not be feasible in certain humanitarian contexts.

In response to this, delivery of cash and voucher assistance may effectively and efficiently fulfill the needs of targeted populations and promote recovery within the timeline required to help mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19.

This session focuses on the key challenges and mitigation measures of humanitarian organizations when they decide to deliver CVA, particularly through digitized solutions, such as blockchain technology, within affected countries.

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