Operationalising the HDP nexus for social protection in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, coverage of social assistance programmes implemented through the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and humanitarian actors is relatively widespread. Nationally, 40 per cent of all Palestinian households receive at least one type of social protection transfer. Coverage of these initiatives is largest in Gaza, where 35 per cent of households are in receipt of a government benefit, and 70 per cent receive a non-governmental benefit. Importantly, many households often report receiving more than one type of social transfer, reflecting the high levels and multiple forms of deprivations, but also the importance of coordination between government and non-governmental programmes for efficient planning and use of resources.

To strengthen sectoral coordination and programmatic coherence, the Social Protection Cash and Voucher Assistance Thematic Working Group (SPCVA TWG) was established in 2022. This coordination body is the first of its kind in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, bringing together government, development and humanitarian stakeholders nationally to oversee coordination on social assistance. It is co-chaired by a representative from government and from humanitarian actors; this joint leadership has already led to increased interaction and understanding between actors. At the regional/local level, sectoral coordination bodies are being established and strengthened to enhance shock-responsiveness.

This webinar aimed to share lessons learnt and stimulate discussion and knowledge sharing on how actors can coordinate across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, building upon actual learnings from the field. Presentations provided an overview of progress, including detailed learnings on coordination at both the national and regional levels. This was followed by a Q&A and discussion session, where practitioners were encouraged to share feedback or relevant findings stemming from their work globally.

Speakers:

Momin Badarna, Social Protection Coordinator, ILO

Luca Sangalli, National Cash Working Group Coordinator, Cash Working Group

Iain Murray, Chief Social Policy, UNICEF, State of Palestine

Omar Ghrieb, Policy and Campaigns Officer, Oxfam, OPT

Manal Ramadan, Director General Planning and Aid Coordination, Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), OPT

Moderator:  Charis Reid, Social Protection Officer, ILO