Here are the answers to the questions raised during the "A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfers with Long-Term Social Safety Nets"! They are also made available at the Documents section of this Online Community.

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Hello! I found your webinar and the related papers very informative and enlightening and I look forward to reading the forthcoming reports. I am writing my dissertation on "Linking the humanitarian development divide: exploring cash transfers for more effective aid". Through the framework presented in the webinar and its associated reports, it is unclear to me how humanitarian actors can engage with development aid (national governments) without compromising the humanitarian principal of apolitical neutrality. It seems to me that in all options, particularly horizontal/vertical scaling up, involve providing support to government and their programs. Could you please provide a little clarification on this matter? 

Thanks!

Hi Cecilia, you're right that this can be one of the challenges for humanitarian actors. Humanitarian actors do often work alongside national governments even if they are not channelling their funds directly through them. Certainly, providing support to governments is the intention of many humanitarian interventions, as governments may call on the international community to assist them when their needs in a crisis overwhelm their own capacity to respond. Vertical or horizontal expansion of a government programme might not always be the best response. For example, NGOs might be able to use an existing database of beneficiaries to identify the people they wish to support (= piggybacking on an existing intervention) or they might design an independent intervention but make it look similar to a government's social protection programme (same transfer value, same frequency etc.) so that it's easier to transition from one to the other later (= shadow alignment). We should have some examples later in the year from Mali in all these situations, so do look out for future project reports.

Hope that helps, Clare

Hello Claire, 

I asked some of the questions on applicaton to refugees and IDPs, I am with UNHCR trying to analyse the existing and potential connections of refugees and IDPs to different forms of social protection and resilience-building measures. Can you connect me to others in the group looking specifically at this issue or other initiatives / actors trying to connect forcibly displaced people (and host communities) to informal and formal social protection systems? Thanks

Hi Andrew, thanks for your interest and your question about the links with refugees and IDPs. I'm sure that there are community members in this group who are working on these issues as it's so topical at the moment.

To all community members: Are you working on interventions to link refugees with government social protection measures? Do connect to Andrew to discuss directly, or share your experiences here (or in the Publications area of this site if you have written documents).

Thanks! Clare

Hi Andrew

I am working as a professor and researcher in Coimbra University and I am very interested in these topics. I am also a volunteer in Portuguese Red Cross and we are trying to build new strategies to reinforce social integration of refugees. We think that in a more proper way, we must embrace irregular migration as a challenge issue.

About Social Protection Measure in Portugal, refugees have only the same rights after being here for 12 months. We are fighting about language gaps and I have dream to construct a social business with them.

The social protection measures implemented are related with housing, Health and Education. Then, there are social investment related to minimums incomes like family incomes . But these measures are not consistent and not being able to get a real social inclusion. It’s important to link all the community resources and think about more dignify strategies.

What do you think?

Clara

 

How the political debate about social protection is quite polarized, many politicians argue it ia populist measure. Then, it is important to highlight its conncetion to economic growth by evidence.We, the practioners, can observe an increase in the consumption of the households due to an expansion of the incoming provided by the benefits. Then, we observe a expand in the demand what boots economic growth.  Beyond this, it provides communities with productive assets of infrastructure what enhances their productivity. Futhermore, produces social cohesion and reduces violence

*How the political debate about social protection is quite polarized, many politicians argue it is a populist measure. Then, it is important to highlight its connection to economic growth thought evidence.We, the practioners, can observe an increase in the consumption of the households due to an expansion of the incoming provided by the benefits. Then, we observe a expand in the demand what boots economic growth.  Beyond this, it provides communities with productive assets of infrastructure what enhances their productivity. Futhermore, produces social cohesion and reduces violence