Reference Document No 26 on Social Protection across the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: Supplementary Volume of Operational Notes

Humanitarian crises are becoming more frequent, severe, complex and protracted. In 2017, an estimated 201 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance. Many countries requiring assistance are affected by multiple and compounded crises, such as conflict, natural disasters and forced displacement.

Crises are lasting longer: two thirds of international humanitarian assistance now goes to long-term recipients. Besides, forced displacement is witnessed on unprecedented scale reaching over 68 million of forcibly displaced persons (UNHCR, 2018a). As a result, the humanitarian system is under strain. Response capacity is stretched while the funding gap is widening. Alternatives are to be thought through.