July 2018: Can social protection respond to the needs of refugees and IDPs?
Welcome to the July socialprotection.org newsletter!
Today we are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. Refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) therefore represent one of the most vulnerable population groups.
Across the world efforts are being made to ensure the displaced are treated fairly and provided for. The lack of portability of social protection benefit for IDPS, and refugees generally not being eligible for benefits as non-nationals, represent the key challenges to achieving social protection in the context of crisis.
Cash schemes developed in the context of humanitarian crisis have been found to strengthen social protection systems, representing an important finding in bridging the nexus between development and humanitarian aid. There is also increasing interest in understanding if social protection has the ability to foster social cohesion, particularly between refugees and host communities. This month’s newsletter highlights content; including publications, livestreams, blogs and news; pertaining to refugees and IDPs. We hope you enjoy reading!
This month we share the following publications that address the role of social protection in responding to humanitarian crisis:
Read this experimental evaluation of the effect of transfers to urban Colombian refugees and poor Ecuadorians on social cohesion measures. Transfers contributed to the integration of Colombian refugees.