Adaptive Social Protection: The delivery chain and shock response

This paper outlines the ways in which governments can make use of and adapt operational systems and processes for delivering cash transfer programs to support shock response. Governments, development partners, and humanitarian actors have become interested in adaptive social protection (ASP) and shock-responsive social protection (SRSP) largely out of recognition that shocks, particularly natural disasters, are increasing in frequency and severity, and climate change is predicted to exacerbate these trends. Much of the global experience related to ASP before 2020 came in responding to such natural disasters, and it forms the primary focus of this paper.