Webinar: Lessons learned and Opportunities: Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic

Dear all,


Very pleased that the next webinar in the GB cash sub group series is being co-hosted by CaLP and is also part of the SP.org COVID webinar series.  Synergies and collaboration all around (which is what is needed these days).  The recording and summary of the last webinar that was co-hosted with the CCD (big thank you to them!) focused on Yemen and Nigeria can be found here. Interesting information in there as well on how to work from the NGO side in conflict areas with SP systems at varying stages of maturity.


The ‘official’ invite is below but to highlight a few things about the webinar:


  • We will not make it presentation heavy as we want to ensure we leave a lot of space for the discussion/Q&A part. 
  • We will be using lessons from Ebola and want to have forward looking recommendations.  We have deliberately left ourselves flexible in our structure just now to be responsive to a fast changing situation and address the burning issues.  Please DO send in your questions or things you want us to focus on in the webinar either on the CaLP d groups or to me bilaterally.  And in that vein….
  • We’re very excited to have an amazing set of panelists who have the knowledge, experience and expertise to address the burning issues (see below).  A big thank you to them for agreeing to do this.  


Register here and we look forward to seeing you in a week’s time, 16th April, 8 am EDT.


Title:  Lessons learned and Opportunities; Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic



As the coronavirus pandemic reaches new corners of the globe, its impacts are beginning to cascade on already stretched aid operations in crisis zones. According to the “living paper” of the World Bank on tracking social protection measures taken by governments, as of March 27, 2020, a total of 84 countries have introduced or adapted social protection and jobs programs in response to COVID-19. This is an 87% increase since last week (when countries were just 45), with a total of 283 programs currently in place. Among classes of interventions, social assistance (non-contributory transfers) is the most widely used (including a total of 150 programs), followed by actions in social insurance (91) and supply- side labour market interventions (42). Within social assistance, cash transfer programs are clearly the most widely used intervention by governments (over one-third of total programs, and 65% of social assistance schemes. 


This webinar will use the research from the World Bank as a starting point and explore entry points and lessons from past experiences, specifically Ebola, on how humanitarian actors can be supporting communities in need by linking/supporting social protection systems and humanitarian cash.  



Nathalie Klein, CaLP West & Central Africa Regional Representative

Gabriel Fernandez, Social Protection Specialist (consultant)

Calum McLean, Social protection and humanitarian cash specialist, previously with ECHO.



Zehra Rizvi, Consultant


This webinar is part of the Grand Bargain sub group on linking social protection and humanitarian cash series being co-hosted with the Cash Learning Partnership. This webinar is also part of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar series. The series is a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IGGIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaboration with the socialprotection.org platform, and in cooperation with partners from different organisations. Join our online community ''Social protection responses to COVID-19 [Task force]'' to learn more about the initiative and the future webinars.