Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems Research: Case study—Post-Haiyan Cash Transfers in the Philippines

The focus of this case study in the Philippines is the experience of scaling up a social protection programme—the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme (known as Pantawid)—following Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013, developments since then, and options for the future. The team focused its attention on the following areas: How and why was the Pantawid programme scaled up following Typhoon Haiyan? How successful was this in providing a cost-effective, rapid and effective response to the shock? What problems were encountered, and how were these overcome?; To what extent has this scaling up subsequently been institutionalised within national and local processes and systems? What features in the current social protection system now facilitate an effective response to shocks? What more could be done?; How can social protection, disaster risk management (DRM) and humanitarian actors and systems best work together to respond effectively to shocks in the Philippines?

The Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems study is a two-year research programme (2015 to 2017) led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in consortium with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and INASP. Its aim is to strengthen the evidence base as to when and how social protection systems can better respond to shocks in lowincome countries and fragile and conflict-affected states, thus minimising negative shock impacts and reducing the need for separate humanitarian responses.