Challenges and Opportunities to link Humanitarian Cash and Social Protection in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel


The Social Protection Interagency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Working Group on Linking Humanitarian (Cash) Assistance and Social Protection is co-led by the IFRC, UNICEF and FCDO. The working group’s overall aim is to contribute to strengthening the links between humanitarian assistance and social protection, with cash transfers as the entry point.

After 3 years of continuous degradation, the Sahel is facing the worst food and nutrition crisis in a decade. The Horn of Africa is experiencing the driest conditions recorded since 1981, with severe drought leaving an estimated 13 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia facing severe hunger in the first quarter of this year. The number and intensity of these crises in these regions are increasing. Therefore, it is important to tackle the structural and systemic issues in these regions as well as responding to the immediate crises that are occuring. Across these regions efforts have been made over last number of years to scale up social protection supports, and many of these schemes have been designed to address crisis conditions such as these. This webinar therefore aims to explore efforts to link humanitarian cash and social protection schemes in these regions both in the past and in the current response.



Carlos Estevez Reyes, Economist, Markets and Trade Division (EST), FAO
Hélène Pasquier, Head of Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), Action Against Hunger
HSPN Speaker (TBC)
Mira Saidi, Social Protection Specialist, World Bank Group


Moderator: Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies (IDS)