Measuring the value of using social protection for emergency response: Case study of floods in Bangladesh

This research programme explores the investments being made to make social protection a viable vehicle for disaster response in three countries that face regular large-scale climate shocks, and aims to identify the value derived, and the benefits and challenges arising. The principle that social protection systems have an important role to play in disaster response has become well established over the last decade, and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet relatively few studies have sought to quantify the potential gains or challenges in terms of quality of service delivery from delivering humanitarian aid (government- or internationally led) through social protection systems. Three light-touch case studies examine the use of social protection systems and programmes in recent disaster responses. They elicit new insights into the nature and scale of investments being made, and the returns to governments and their partners, as well as the benefits and challenges for programme implementers. WFP's research programme, made possible through the financial support of BMZ and ECHO, looks at responses to floods in Bangladesh, typhoons in the Philippines and drought in Kenya. The series will be published during 2024.