Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2023 (17-28 April 2023)

Session title: Responsible Use of Digital Cash-based Assistance for Refugees
25 Apr 23 (11:00-12:30) UTC+2  (Salle Vevey)

Digital delivery mechanisms for cash-based assistance (Digital CBA) - e.g., mobile money, smart cards, and bank accounts – promise to improve the effectiveness and dignity of assistance for refugees. Despite the growing interest on using Digital CBA in the field, information about the feasibility of different delivery mechanisms (i.e., what technology suits where and under which conditions) is fragmented and often not contextualized. There is a need for tools that could support CBA policy makers and actors to make informed decisions about the use of digital CBA in different contexts.

This workshop is a part of the DigCBA project (https:\\ and has two objectives. First, we will disseminate the latest findings in the project. Second, we need help for brainstorming the interrelationships between the key aspects of feasibility assessment for the use of Digital CBA in the context of refugee camps.


1100-1135 DigCBA briefing - Hossein Baharmand, Associate professor and Project manager, University of Agder, Norway

1135-1145 Break

1145-1230 Brainstorming workshop - Facilitated by Aima Khan, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Agder, Norway


Hossein Baharmand is Associate Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management at the Department of Working Life and Innovation, University of Agder (UiA).He is the project manager for theDigCBA research project (Responsible Use of Digital Cash-based Assistance in Refugee Crises) funded by the Research Council of Norway 2021-2024. Hossein can be reached at

Aima Khan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Working Life and Innovation, School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Norway. She has a doctorate in system dynamics from University of Bergen, Norway. Aima is working as part of the DigCBA Project. In the project, Aima focuses on developing qualitative (causal loop diagram, CLD) and quantitative system dynamics model along with other dissemination activities.