Ukraine – can social protection be sustained and support a humanitarian response?

The war in Ukraine is leading to widespread suffering and displacement. The UN Flash Appeal estimates that ‘18 million people are projected to become affected, including up to 6.7 million people projected to be newly internally displaced. Of the affected population, 12 million people are expected to need humanitarian assistance’. This short brief is based on a rapid review of available literature and a small number of interviews (these were explicitly done so as not to get in the way of urgent response planning). It considers how humanitarian action should both support and relate to the existing social protection system in Ukraine. Its focus is on the situation inside Ukraine only.