The CBEE model was developed by the ILO and introduced in Fiji as a Cash4Work Plus model after the category 5 Winston in February, 2016. Its immediate objective was to support food security and loss of income of identified village(s) through a social protection lens. It also had the ultimate objective of developing a CBEE model that could be documented and presented to government as a potential programme to mitigate future disasters.
Built on the concept of the Fiji CBEE, the MCCTIL with the assistance of the ILO developed a Tonga CBEE tailored to local context. The main objective of the CBEE was to enable (selected) community direct access to needed cash paid work through decent work strategies to help revive its local economy after Gita. It also allowed for mediumlong term financial security and social protection. The CBEE was linked into the trade supply chain for domestic market and overseas export to promote long term commercial farming for improved households income and livelihood.