Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the MENA Region


Multiple human-induced and natural disasters, as well as economic crises, have affected the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region over recent years. Though not necessarily new, large-scale conflicts currently pose unprecedented challenges due to the sheer scale of displacement that they have caused, such as in the case of Syria. Moreover, the breaking down of service provision caused by conflict, as in the case of Yemen, is also leading to the escalating prevalence of malnutrition and communicable diseases. In addition to conflict, MENA countries face the risks of various natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods and drought. 

Considering these significant challenges and in light of recent social protection reforms that have taken place in MENA countries, this webinar presented the study ‘Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the MENA Region’, which aims to provide an initial general assessment of opportunities and challenges for shock-responsive social protection in the region. The webinar has also featured presentations by Sara Beysolow Nyanti on the current implementation of the Emergency Cash Transfer Programme in Yemen and by Manuel Rodriguez Pumarol on the case of Jordan and the challenges around the harmonization of support to nationals and refugees.


Raquel Tebaldi - Researcher, IPC-IG

Sara Beysolow Nyanti, Team Leader, and Betty Kweyu, Programme Manager - UNICEF ECT PMU  

Manuel Rodriguez Pumarol - Chief of Social Protection, UNICEF Jordan


Anna Carolina Machado - Researcher, IPC-IG



This webinar the fourth of the Social Protection in the MENA region webinar series, which was organised by IPC-IG and UNICEF MENA Regional Office. Please join the Online Community Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.