Social Protection in Humanitarian Settings: Lessons Learnt from a Cross-Country Analysis

This Brief forms a contribution to the European Commission Guidance Package on Social Protection across the Humanitarian-Development Nexus (SPaN), complementing Operational Notes 9 and 10 on Fragility and Forced Displacement. The study draws primarily on experiences of the ‘Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management’ programme (SP-PFM), an EU-funded initiative implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF). This paper draws on experiences of cash-based assistance provided in selected crisis-affected contexts, primarily those of the SP-PFM programme, to identify key lessons related to shock response and system strengthening. The findings should be useful for development and humanitarian partners and governments working in the fields of social protection, disaster risk management and humanitarian response.