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Social Protection

The use of social protection systems to support vulnerable people is becoming increasingly common in developing countries, and can provide a channel through which cash and voucher assistance (CVA) can be delivered in times of crisis. But to do so effectively will require increased coordination between humanitarian and development actors and long term support.

Can social protection systems be a way to deliver cash and voucher assistance (CVA) more efficiently and effectively in a time of crisis?  Protracted and more frequent emergencies increase the need for better connections across humanitarian and development work.  Humanitarians these days often face long term, recurrent and chronic crises.  The use of social protection systems to support poor and vulnerable people is becoming increasingly common in developing countries and contributes to reduced vulnerability to crises.  Where and should the two be linked?

CaLP’s first State of the World’s Cash Report notes that the case for linking humanitarian CVA with social protection systems is becoming clearer but requires long-term technical and strategic support. The topic was adopted as a new sub-workstream during the 2018 Grand Bargain Cash Workstream meeting.

Current priorities

CaLP is exploring the potential of linking social protection policies and programming (SP) to humanitarian CVA and are working in close collaboration with the Grand Bargain sub-workstream and the Social Protection in Crisis group from Social Protection.Org.  This work includes:

  1. the commissioning of a high-level overview paper of the latest frameworks and practice to inform and make recommendation for future capacity building work and revision of the existing training;
  2. a ‘Crib Sheet’ of regional experience for future capacity building for MENA to highlight the needs and ways forward here;
  3. hosting and supporting further development of work by the British Red Cross and the GB leads to map relevant experiences and thinking.

Close collaboration with the GB subworking Group and SP in Crisis should help with the development of a common forum that brings together SP and CVA practitioners to encourage conversations about what might work, how and where in a more collective and strategic way.  Learning will be shared through blogs, podcasts, reports, webinars and face to face meetings.

Latest

Cameroon: Country mapping – large scale cash transfers for COVID-19 response

Report

A rapid exploratory review aiming to identify recommendations for strengthening linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance and national social protection mechanisms.

8 October 2020

Ep. 4. How to link social protection and humanitarian CVA: What do we really know and where to start?

Podcast

In this episode of the CashCast, we explore how to Link Social Protection and Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance.

Haiti Country Mapping: Large-Scale Cash Transfers for COVID-19

Report

As COVID-19 impacts on health, livelihoods, and well-being of all people around the world, the UN Under Secretary General – Emergency Relief Coordinator called on international community for a recovery package of USD90 Bn necessary to support 700 million extremely vulnerable people around the world. In...

30 September 2020

Stepping up CVA with COVID-19: Paving the way we respond to future crisis

Report

COVID-19 has thrown the world into lockdown and taken a tremendous toll on the health, social, and economic status of vulnerable communities, households, and individuals. Limitations on daily activities and an over-arching health crisis, restrictions on movement, closures of schools and businesses have...

15 September 2020

The Provision of Cash and Voucher Assistance in the Response to the Venezuela Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Findings and lessons learned – Main report

Report

This study, for which data was compiled between March and April 2020, seeks to document lessons and good practices in the delivery of CVA in Ecuador and Colombia by humanitarian organisations and governments, in response to migrants and refugees from Venezuela. The purpose of this analysis is...

4 September 2020

Supporting the Linkages Between Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance and National Social Protection Systems

Report

This tipsheet aims to support country-level coordination efforts to strengthen the engagement between humanitarian coordination groups that implement cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and existing social
protection or disaster risk reduction coordination actors and groups. In particular, it seeks to...

September 2020

Summary: Lessons and Recommendations on the Use of CVA for the Caribbean Atlantic Hurricane Season

Report

This is a summary document of CaLP’s Winds of Change: Lessons and Recommendations on the Use of CVA in the Caribbean and includes a matrix of learning and evidence from the region used to inform the report.

13 August 2020

Linking CVA and Social Protection in the MENA Region – Iraq Case Study

Report

Building linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and social protection (SP) has become an increasingly prominent topic over the past five years and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been at the centre of this evolution.   The objective of this resource set (the...

28 July 2020

Linking CVA and Social Protection in the MENA Region – Yemen Case Study

Report

Building linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and social protection (SP) has become an increasingly prominent topic over the past five years and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been at the centre of this evolution.   The objective of this resource set (the...

28 July 2020

Linking CVA and Social Protection in the MENA Region – Crib sheet

Report

Building linkages between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and social protection (SP) has become an increasingly prominent topic over the past five years and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been at the centre of this evolution.   The objective of this resource set (the...

28 July 2020