Strengthening inclusive social protection systems for displaced children and their families

The aim of this paper is to explore the existing and potential role of inclusive social protection in supporting displaced children and their families – and in bringing about wider benefits for host communities and the host country. The paper is based on experiences and emerging lessons from eight countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Sudan and Uganda. These countries are part of the PROSPECTS partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities, and host some of the largest displaced populations in the world (see Table 1).3 The paper draws on a review of literature, noting however that the current evidence base on the impacts of national social protection systems on displaced populations is limited due to nascent systems or minimal inclusion to date. As such, we also draw on the wider literature to learn from the effects of internationally led interventions supporting the displaced. While the paper focuses on countries included in the PROSPECTS partnership, it also generates wider policy lessons applicable to other countries facing notable displacement challenges.