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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

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

Linking CVA and Social Protection in the MENA Region – Lebanon 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 – 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

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Linking humanitarian Cash and Social Protection in practise

Report

This paper seeks to demonstrate practical ways in which NGOs are linking their humanitarian work to social protection and the added importance of this in the context of COVID-19, following from the earlier work of CCD outlining the role of NGOs to
improve the access to and delivery of social protection in...

27 July 2020

State of the World’s Cash 2020 Chapter 8 summary: Linking CVA and social protection

Report

Longstanding efforts to strengthen links between humanitarian CVA and social protection have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with significant progress since the last report. CVA should aim to complement robust social protection systems where they exist and contribute to their strengthening...

23 July 2020

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

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...

23 July 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Partnership Toolkit

Guidelines and Tools

This year(2020) has called for a strong reflection on what we mean by partnership and how we work responsibly within CVA programs in support of localizaiton. For example, what do equitable and equal partnerships look like and why they are critical for accountable and quality humanitarian programs? In what...

22 July 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Partnership Toolkit – 10 principles

Guidelines and Tools

This year(2020) has called for a strong reflection on what we mean by partnership and how we work responsibly within CVA programs in support of localizaiton. For example, what do equitable and equal partnerships look like and why they are critical for accountable and quality humanitarian programs? In what...

22 July 2020

Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and Partnership Toolkit – Good Practices & Guiding Questions

Guidelines and Tools

This document outlines in detail steps and considerations in Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programs that are supporting of Local Humanitarian Leadership, align with principled and effective partnerships and follow minimum quality standards for partnerships across each phase of the CVA project cycle.

22 July 2020