Friday, September 2, 2022

Op-ed: How can social assistance better embrace uncertainty in protracted crises?

In recent years, there has been a push backed by some of the largest donor and relief organisations to plant the seeds of social protection systems in even the most difficult protracted crisis settings. The case for doing so seems compelling enough: to identify alternatives to costly, perennial humanitarian aid operations so that more reliable delivery under highly variable conditions can take place. However, do such approaches – which are premised on anticipation, early warning and planning – work, or should we adopt more agile approaches suitable for uncertainty?

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