Financing community resilience - a handbook

This handbook provides a guide for cash transfers in future post-disaster response and recovery programmes.

On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s greater Christchurch region. 185 lives were lost, and the damage to homes and infrastructure was immense; it was the first time in the country’s history that a national state of emergency was declared. New Zealand Red Cross responded immediately, launching the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. Donors from around the world, including thousands of New Zealanders, generously contributed NZ$131 million, making it the largest humanitarian fundraising event in New Zealand’s history.

Cash transfer: a unique funding model

Among the organisation’s many support initiatives were 41 different types of cash transfer, a tool that provides aid to affected people in the form of cash. This allows recipients to directly purchase goods and services of their choice to meet their needs. For organisations such as Red Cross, cash transfers provide a funding model that enables support to remain relevant and flexible in different recovery situations. Since the quake on 22 February 2011, New Zealand Red Cross has made more than 110,000 cash transfer payments. This equates to one payment for every four people living in the greater Christchurch area.

Lessons learnt

This handbook contains lessons from the Christchurch earthquake recovery experience and provides a guide for cash transfers in future post-disaster response and recovery programmes. The handbook is ordered from the first steps of cash transfer design and delivery to the close out of the project. Each section provides a series of questions linking to tables, diagrams, case studies and templates provided to guide you in your decision-making.

Financing Community Resilience Handbook (PDF)
Financing Community Resilience - Appendices (PDF)
Leading in Disaster Recovery - A Companion through the Chaos (PDF)

Contact us for the set of Word document templates mentioned in Appendix A.