The Grand Bargain Cash Workstream sub-group on Linking humanitarian cash and social protection co-led by the IFRC, UNICEF and DFID has launched a series of initiatives to define, coordinate, and advocate for stronger links between humanitarian cash and voucher assistance and social protection, in both preparedness and response activities across the humanitarian sector.



As part of the Grand Bargain sub-group's commitment to knowledge management and sharing, a short weekly newsletter was launched to help practitioners keep on top of what's what in the social protection and humanitarian space, notably in relation to the COVID 19 responses. Its primary intended audience is humanitarian practitioners working in this space.

Please email [email protected] for feedback and contributions.



In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a live, shareable mapping has been initiated to support humanitarian actors linking with national social protection systems. It is light touch. The initial focus is on countries/regions that have Humanitarian Response Plans. The mapping fills the gap of the Weekly Social Protection Links information from the World Bank, which does not include humanitarian responses (ongoing or planned).

We are contacting people in-country to fill it in (but please do reach out to us if you have information to add as this would be much easier!). In some cases, we are facilitating calls between the different actors in-country to start that process of discussion (and filling in of the information).

Please contact [email protected] for more information or to set up a call.



Over the coming months, we will be developing short case studies with the aim of highlighting practical examples of where humanitarian CVA has (or could have) linked with social protection in light of COVID-19 responses.  We aim to include as many real-life experiences from a wide range of contexts as possible.  We are in the process of developing case study themes but please do reach out to us with any thoughts or suggestions for the studies, particularly where there may be opportunities to share learning from contexts or of topics that have not yet been in the spotlight.

Please contact [email protected] for more information or to set up a call.





A webinar series on Linking Social Protection with Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance has been organized on this platform:



On behalf of the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream sub-group on Linking humanitarian cash and social protection, Isabelle Pelly and Zehra Rizvi facilitated a series of discussions on the CaLP D-group on the topic.

All of those who aren't currently subscribed to the CaLP D-group are encouraged to do so!  This will allow you to see the content of the different discussion threads:

  1. The first discussion thread launched in November 2019 was a chance to set the scene in terms of what humanitarians want to know on the topic. It rapidly turned to a discussion on data management, which we summarised in a google doc to which we encourage you to add your thoughts!
  2. The second discussion thread linked this topic to issues emerging throughout CaLP's cash week that took place early December 2019. Insights set the scene for the webinar series organised by the Grand Bargain sub-group (watch the recording and download the presentation of the first webinar which looked at entry points for humanitarians when linking humanitarian cash and social protection).
  3. The third discussion thread launched in January 2020 was focused on the issue of coordination. Important themes that have emerged from the conversation include the roles of different actors involved in coordination (government, United Nations, Red Cross, (I)NGOs, private sector), the added value of the different actors, and the role of donors (see the discussion summary).
  4. The fourth discussion thread looked at the issue of financing instruments and funding channels for linking social protection and humanitarian cash.

Please do join the CaLP D-group and share your insights in ongoing and upcoming discussions!