Transitioning from humanitarian cash to social protection in protracted crises – the case of Iraq


The objective of this webinar was to provide a practical example of the processes and partnerships required to support the transition of caseloads from humanitarian cash interventions to government social assistance programmes in situations of protracted crisis, using the case of Iraq.

This webinar provided the opportunity to hear from humanitarian cash and social protection experts, as well as gaining a donor perspective, on the technical work that needs to be taken when identifying and developing approaches to transitioning from humanitarian cash to government social protection programmes. Led by the Cash and Livelihoods Consortium for Iraq (CLCI - comprised of the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council Oxfam, and Mercy Corps as lead) in partnership with the World Bank, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and financially supported by FCDO, the experts presented the technical work undertaken to date – including analysing the overlap between government social protection targeting and humanitarian cash targeting – as well as the processes and preconditions for integration. The webinar also highlighted some of the challenges that have been faced.

In addition, the co-lead of the Iraq Cash Working Group (CWG) provided a brief overview of how the work of the CLCI connects with the work of the CWG.


Expert speakers:

Virginia Leape - Research, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator - Cash and Livelihoods Consortium for Iraq (CLCI)

Matthew Wai-Poi – Senior Economist, the World Bank

Lokendra Phadera – Economist, the World Bank


Facilitator/Moderator: Lois Austin – GB Sub-Group KML Consultant


This is the sixteenth webinar 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 FCDO