Building on social protection systems for effective disaster response: the Philippines experience

How can social protection systems be used in disasters, as a complement to, or substitute for, humanitarian assistance? Oxford Policy Management led a two-year research project investigating this question, looking at the role of social protection in both mitigating the impact of large-scale shocks and supporting households after a crisis hits. The authors identify factors that can help and hinder effective disaster response, and consider how social protection actors collaborate with others working in humanitarian assistance and disaster risk management (DRM). They present findings from fieldwork in the Philippines, which looked at the experience of scaling up the government’s social protection cash transfer programme after Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) in 2013, developments since then, and options for the future.