Why give cash? Does it have to be used for something specifically identified?

Cash can be effectively used to respond in operations through blanket or targeted unconditional cash programmes to meet diverse immediate needs through such as emergency relief distributions or to meet specific sector outcomes in health, water and sanitation, shelter, livelihoods/food security, education and protection in emergency. It can be used alone or alongside other response mechanisms such as distributions of food and non-food items and other services.