Gender-transformative social protection in crisis contexts: guidance note

This guidance note is produced under the Social Protection Technical Assistance (STAAR) facility which is funded by FCDO and implemented by DAI Global UK. It was commissioned by GiZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to advance the international discourse and provide actionable insights to practitioners on how to best integrate gender considerations in social protection policies and programming in crisis contexts. The guidance note was written by Rebecca Holmes (STAAR), and Paola Pereznieto (STAAR), with valuable inputs from Valentina Barca (STAAR), and Helene Juillard (Key Aid Consulting) and developed in consultation with members of the SPIAC-B gender working group.

It provides design and implementation considerations for gender-responsive and transformative social protection in crisis contexts, consolidating existing evidence and short case studies into actionable guidance to address gender inequalities. As inequalities are exacerbated during crises, the guidance note identifies ways to implement actions that can help reverse, and even transform, the disadvantages faced by women and girls in these contexts.

The guidance note is primarily designed for practitioners in the fields of social protection working in crisis contexts and humanitarian practitioners working on linkages with social protection. It is also useful for gender practitioners working in crisis settings, identifying relevant instruments to promote gender equality and transformation in these adverse circumstances.