Social Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Nexus for Disaster Response: Lessons Learnt from Fiji’s Tropical Cyclone Winston

This paper presents an analysis of the humanitarian response led by the Government of Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston and looks specifically at the role the social protection system played in disaster response, as well as complementing the humanitarian relief efforts. The safety net system or social assistance programs, were scaled up to provide relief to the most vulnerable, in the form of cash transfer top-up payments. While the national social protection system was used to channel humanitarian relief in the form of cash vouchers to the affected families. The interplay between the social protection and humanitarian assistance efforts in Fiji, presents a compelling case for synchronizing and complementing relief efforts in the future. And, a set of recommendations have been put forward for consideration, for strengthening future disaster responsive social protection.