Lessons learned and Opportunities: Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic


As the coronavirus pandemic reaches new corners of the globe, its impacts are beginning to cascade on already stretched aid operations in crisis zones. According to the “living paper” of the World Bank on tracking social protection measures taken by governments, as of March 27, 2020, a total of 84 countries have introduced or adapted social protection and jobs programs in response to COVID-19. This is an 87% increase since last week (when countries were just 45), with a total of 283 programs currently in place. Among classes of interventions, social assistance (non-contributory transfers) is the most widely used (including a total of 150 programs), followed by actions in social insurance (91) and supply-side labour market interventions (42). Within social assistance, cash transfer programs are clearly the most widely used intervention by governments (over one-third of total programs, and 65% of social assistance schemes. This webinar used the research from the World Bank as a starting point and explored entry points and lessons from past experiences on how humanitarian actors can be supporting communities in need by linking/supporting social protection systems and humanitarian cash.  



Nathalie Klein, CaLP West & Central Africa Regional Representative

Gabriel Fernandez, Social Protection Specialist

Calum McLean, Independent Consultant


Zehra Rizvi, Independent Consultant in Social Protection and Cash


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This webinar is part of the Linking Social Protection with humanitarian cash webinar series, of the Grand Bargain Cash Sub Group on linking social protection and humanitarian cash transfers co-led by UNICEFIFRC, and DFID. This webinar is also part of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar series. The series is a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IGGIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaboration with the socialprotection.org platform, and in cooperation with partners from different organisations. Join our online community ''Social protection responses to COVID-19 [Task force]'' to learn more about the initiative and the future webinars.