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Table 2 A summary of similarities and differences in registration processes

From: Harmonising data systems for cash transfer programming in emergencies in Somalia

  Similarities Differences
Frequency of registration Registration is done afresh every time a new programme is launched instead of using existing data. Registration cycles vary between every three and every 12 months.
Registration modalities Registration is often done through interviews with potential recipients of assistance. Some humanitarian agencies such as the Somalia Cash Consortium partners, register aid recipients through household visits, while others carry out registration in centralised locations.
Different digital registration platforms, as well as manual systems are used for registration.
Level of data collection Data is collected at household level. The majority of humanitarian agencies record only the details of the principal recipient and/or their next of kin. While most humanitarian agencies register only actual recipients approved by the community during targeting, the World Food Programme and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which are major providers of cash assistance, register both potential and actual recipients.
Updating data Data is updated if there is top-up assistance or the duration of the programme is extended. The frequency of updating data varies from every month to every year.