This review looks at the alignment of humanitarian response in refugee crises with national social protection systems. It examines the experience of three countries dealing with protracted refugee situations: Turkey, Lebanon and Cameroon, and also identifies lessons from other literature. The number of people affected by crises and disasters continues to rise, and humanitarian refugee crises are becoming more and more prolonged.
With an aim of supporting the most vulnerable households affected by conflict through community infrastructures on child protection, promoting inclusive and adapted educational opportunities and contributing to meet the basic needs, Plan International Cameroon and CAR with funding from BMZ- German Ministry for economic cooperation are implementing a cross-border project to support the target beneficiaries.
The IRC first began to integrate cash into protection programs in 2013, leveraging the flexibility of CVA to support clients living in urban refugee contexts in the Middle East. Since then, IRC has rapidly expanded its use of CVA to help achieve protection outcomes. This scale-up has come with important questions: When can we introduce CVA to help amplify the impact of traditional protection services? In which cases can delivering CVA without complementary programmatic activities meet specific protection outcomes?
The World Bank-funded project would be extended to the North West and South West Regions. The technical follow up committee charged with implementation of a World Bank-funded poverty alleviation project in the poorest communities in Cameroon is brainstorming on strategies to extend the scheme to some communities in the North West and South West Regions.
The World Bank has granted an additional sum of 35 Billion cfa francs to the Safety Net Project to enable it realize its objectives that include amongst others to alleviate poverty and vulnerability in communities that are host to refugees in Cameroon.
Cameroon is host to 252,344 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in the eastern part of the country (East, Adamawa and North regions).
The purpose of this document is to share learning and considerations on how operations have or could progressively align humanitarian cash assistance for refugees to national social safety nets (SSN) and the criteria used to take decisions at each step of this process. It is based on information collected from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Greece and Mexico as well as ongoing discussions on the topic.