Certificate in cash transfer programming (ctp)

Cash Transfer Programming in emergencies is one form of humanitarian response which can be used to address basic needs and /or protect, establish or re-establish livelihoods

Start date

10 February 2019
Course runs for 3 months


Online: Sundays 7 pm - 9 pm
Face to face:
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 1 pm


Irene Kawala
Email: i.kawala@virtualuni.ac.ug

How to apply

Complete our online application form


USD 400 (Uganda)
USD 600 (International)
USD 800 (Organisations)

Course background

In recent years, Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) has emerged as one of the most significant innovations in international humanitarian assistance. The use of cash transfer as a form of aid in humanitarian assistance has grown exponentially.

Monitoring and Evaluation is a process that helps improve performance and achieve results. Its goal is to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. It is mainly used to assess the performance of projects, institutions and programs set up by governments, international organizations and NGOs. It establishes links between the past, present and future actions.

The argument for cash transfer programming is derived from the theoretical understanding that poverty is multi-dimensional, and therefore, low and variable incomes is central to the problem of poverty globally. Modest but regular income from cash transfers helps households to smooth consumption and sustain spending on food, schooling and healthcare without the need to sell assets or take on debt. Overtime, transfer income can help households to build human capital (by investing in their children’s nutrition, health and education), save up to buy productive assets, and obtain access to credit on better terms and hence empowering the women. Cash transfers can thus both protect living standards (alleviating destitution) and promote wealth creation (supporting transition to more sustainable livelihoods). It can help prevent households from suffering shocks and transform relationships within society, and between citizens and the state.

Course Objectives

To establish a foundation of knowledge in the fundamental concepts of cash transfers programming for all actors involved in humanitarian response as well as build the right skill sets for supporting Cash Transfer Programs.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand cash transfer programming, including key terminologies and definitions, and state principles for good practice in CTP.
  • Understand modalities, delivery mechanisms and different tools for cash transfers.
  • Learn preconditions for implementation of cash transfers.
  • Explain the relevance of cash transfers in different humanitarian contexts and advocate for CTP to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Understand the key steps and associated tasks for cash transfers in the humanitarian project cycle.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of different staff functions in the CTP project cycle.

Target students

  • This course is designed for all humanitarian responders, practitioners, and decision makers who are new to CTP or looking for introduction to concepts in cash assistance programming.
  • It targets procurement and supply chain managers and Logisticians because they have a key role to play in both establishing these mechanisms and also in assessing the robustness of the local supply chain to support this modality. 
  • The course is ideal for people who wish to understand the basics of CTP, or who need to be able to explain some of the key concepts to partners, donors, or the public, or for people who are desirous to broaden their skill sets by having a greater understanding on how to implement Cash Transfer programs in Humanitarian and government sectors.
  • Also relevant those working in Government projects such as: Senior Citizen Grants (SCG), Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE), Direct Income Support/ Social Grants, Uganda Rural Elderly Support(UGRES).
  • It will also serve as an entry point for practitioners wishing to engage in other capacity building activities.

Course Content

Module 1: CTP Fundamentals
Module 2: Strategic Planning and Decision-Making in CTP
Module 3: CTP Technical Program Design
Module 4: Operational Delivery of CTP
Module 5: Market Assessment for Decision-makers and Team Leaders
Module 6: Protection in Cash Transfer Programming


Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from Virtual University of Uganda

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How to pay

Fees are payable in 3 ways. 
  • Online
  • Over the counter – Banks
  • Mobile money – Ugandans

    Meet the team

    Irene Kawala
    Coordinator, Corporate Academy
    Cell Phone: +256 759 793 968
    Email: i.kawala@virtualuni.ac.ug
    Skype: irenejj35

    Jimmy Kenneth Opoka
    Director for the Program

    Email: jimmy.opoka@gmail.com;
    Skype: jimmy.opoka78

    Our next intake is February 2019