EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie, 2016.Welcome to the July newsletter!

Today we are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. Refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) therefore represent one of the most vulnerable population groups.

Across the world efforts are being made to ensure the displaced are treated fairly and provided for. The lack of portability of social protection benefit for IDPS, and refugees generally not being eligible for benefits as non-nationals, represent the key challenges to achieving social protection in the context of crisis.

Cash schemes developed in the context of humanitarian crisis have been found to strengthen social protection systems, representing an important finding in bridging the nexus between development and humanitarian aid. There is also increasing interest in understanding if social protection has the ability to foster social cohesion, particularly between refugees and host communities. This month’s newsletter highlights content; including publications, livestreams, blogs and news; pertaining to refugees and IDPs. We hope you enjoy reading!

This month we share the following publications that address the role of social protection in responding to humanitarian crisis:

Economic Transfers and Social Cohesion in a Refugee-hosting Setting (2018)

by the Innocenti Research Centre (UNICEF).

Read this experimental evaluation of the effect of transfers to urban Colombian refugees and poor Ecuadorians on social cohesion measures. Transfers contributed to the integration of Colombian refugees.
Cash-Based Assistance (2017)

by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Check out this infographic outlining the in-kind support, services and cash transfers UNHCR uses in all phases of displacement, as detailed in their 5-year Policy on Cash-Based Interventions.
Migration, Forced Displacement and Social Protection (2017)

by the
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services

This paper sets out a common framework of the relevance of social protection to different groups of migrants and forcibly displaced people.
A promise of tomorrow: The effects of UNHCR and UNICEF cash assistance on Syrian refugees in Jordan (2017)

UNICEF, UNHCR and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

This report evaluates the effectiveness of cash assistance, and the complementarity of programming in targeting the most vulnerable groups. Refugee households are found to remain highly vulnerable.
Cash transfers for refugees: an opportunity to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and social protection (2017)

by the
Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Regular, predictable cash transfers are critical for refugees’ access to secure shelter and can reduce reliance on negative coping strategies. This requires enabling national policies
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