Building on government systems for shock preparedness and response: the role of social assistance data and information systems


Within the growing literature on ‘shock responsive social protection’, the potential role played by social assistance data and information systems (e.g. social registries and beyond) is often discussed. On one hand, building on existing data, information systems and related capacities has the potential to enable better planning and preparedness for shocks, enable a more timely response, reduce the duplication of efforts for response (enhancing cost-effectiveness), and ensure learning from the response enhances future planning and sustainability. On the other, the extent to which these benefits can truly be reaped depends on a wide variety of factors that need careful understanding – and explicit addressing.

This webinar examined the global literature on this topic, proposing a framework for countries to use when assessing their system, alongside practical recommendations and country insights (including a Guest Session from Malawi). The webinar also launched the DFAT report on the topic (access the report and the related infographic).


Valentina Barca, Senior Consultant, OPM

Rodolfo Beazley, Senior Consultant, OPM

Tom Mtenje, Deputy Team Leader, Social Protection Programme, GIZ Malawi


Clare O’Brien, Senior Consultant, WFP


This webinar was the fourth of the Social Registries Series, which was organized by DFAT, WFP and GIZ. Please join the Social Registries and integrated MISs for social protection online community if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.