Adaptive Social Protection, Decentralization, Localization: Challenges and opportunities for good governance in social protection delivery


This webinar offered simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish. You can watch the recording in Spanish here

Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) requires cross-sector cooperation and collaboration from multiple actors in an integrated, synergistic, and synchronized manner. Therefore, it involves an institutional arrangement that adopts a comprehensive approach and facilitates inter-institutional coordination to ensure greater population coverage where needed, a broader range of services and benefits offered, and an adequate provision of levels and types of benefits.

The delivery of ASP requires both horizontal coordination and vertical coordination. Decentralization efforts as part of good governance initiatives are of key importance for the delivery of social protection. Increasing the capacities of local responders has been one of the mayor commitments made by signatories under the Grand Bargain Process. Well-established coordination mechanisms seek subnational and local governmental actors to adequately scale up and adapt routine social protection delivery according to people’s needs, changing contexts, and any shock conditions in their particular territory.

This virtual seminar provided conceptual clarity on the interconnections between decentralization, localization, and adaptive social protection. Further, it presented international experiences on delivering ASP in practice highlighting the challenges for adequate arrangements to achieve opportune decision-making and coordinated solutions in a decentralization and localization context.

The event was devised to:

  1. Provide a deeper understanding of how decentralization, localization, and social protection relate to each other and derive implications for the design of adaptive social protection systems;  
  2. Showcase concrete and operational country experiences on the challenges and opportunities for good governance in the delivery of social protection in the context of decentralization and localization.

The framing presentation of the event buillt on a study currently developed by Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19 – Expert advice helpline (SPACE), followed by two country case presentations. Here, the experiences of the World Bank's Auxilio Emergencial Program in Brazil and the case of the Philippines in decentralization and localization efforts for the provision of social protection in response to COVID-19 were presented.   

This was the second session of the ASPects Practice Exchange on Adaptive Social Protection Webinar Series and within this framework is particularly related to Building Block 1 “Institutional arrangements and partnerships” of the World Bank's Adaptive Social Protection framework.



Andrew Wyatt, Consultant, SPACE   

Tiago Falcão, former secretary of Bolsa Familia Programme in Brazil, World Bank Consultant

Vilma Cabrera, former undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines 



Emily Wylde, SPACE



SPACE Adaptive social protection and decentralisation: a conceptual framework


This is the second webinar in the "ASPects – Practice Exchange on ASP" series. These webinars are dedicated to bringing together practitioners, leading experts, and policy makers to share and exchange perspectives on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP). Each webinar within the series will focus on specific practically relevant aspects of one related ASP Building Block (Institutional arrangements and partnerships - Programs - Data and information - Finance). The series, organised by the GIZ Global Program Social Protection Innovation and Learning (SPIL) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with and other partners, aims at informing the global public policy dialogue on building back better systems and better preparedness for future shocks.