Operational Alignment of Humanitarian Cash Programming with Ukraine’s Social Protection System

There are significant similarities between humanitarian cash assistance and SP, but there are also key differences that may impede leveraging the social protection (SP) system to deliver assistance. Understanding these differences is as important as understanding the context in which linkages could occur. There is, at times, tension between humanitarian principles and leveraging national systems to deliver assistance, especially where the government is party to the conflict. This paper explores the extent to which humanitarian Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) in Ukraine has been able to leverage different elements of the delivery chain of national SP programming. Under this framework, humanitarian MPCA happens along a continuum from no integration, to full integration with national SP systems. This continuum happens for each individual element of the delivery chain rather than one single approach applied across all elements.