Scope of Gender-responsive Adaptive Social Protection in Bangladesh

Given the shortcomings in the traditional disaster management models, the disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy framework in Bangladesh has evolved in recent years, graduating from disaster relief and recovery to redressing the rising levels of risk. This policy shift has provided opportunities for introducing social protection (SP) and climate change adaptation (CCA) streams alongside the traditional DRR approaches. Moreover, Bangladesh has a large number of organizations involved in SP, CCA and DRR, which indicates that the country has the greatest scope in the region for integrating the three approaches. This study assesses current ASP policies, institutions and government spending to derive practicable options for institutional and programme reforms, aiming to encourage climate-change financing to deliver ASP to poor and climate-vulnerable populations, and to support government efforts to address covariate shocks in more flexible ways.