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3.2.7 - RT 7: Opportunities for strengthening the links between HCT and SP: Learning from COVID-19 responses

The Round-tables allowed organisations working in the field of social protection to propose their topics of interest and engage in an open discussion with experts, while also involving the audience. In these virtual round-tables, current pressing topics derived from experiences with the COVID-19 crisis were discussed by selected experts with a focus on the future of social protection.

This lively panel discussed the opportunities that have been created during the pandemic for humanitarian cash actors to ensure that the most vulnerable, some of whom were not covered by existing government-led social protection schemes (where these existed), were included either in humanitarian cash interventions or in expanded SP systems. Speakers discussed the steps required to ensure increased and inclusive coverage and presented country examples of successful expansions. The discussion was rich and provided many insights but a few key points can be highlighted: 1) the importance of leadership not only to build, but also to sustain coordination efforts (e.g. Yemen, Iraq); 2) that flexibility and tailoring is key, accounting for local context, acknowledging that different actors serve different purposes - and therefore harmonisation does not equal homogenization; 3) that a common vision is critical if humanitarian and social protection systems are to truly coordinate along the ‘delivery chain’ (e.g. here). 

The country cases discussed during this round-table that showcased these key takeaways include the Philippines, Nigeria, Yemen, Iraq and Jordan. 

Speakers: Ruta Nimkar, Mays Albaddawi, Aneel Memon, Aimee Santos 

Moderator: Karin Seyfert 

Link to the recording 

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