This month’s newsletter is dedicated to Social Protection in Humanitarian, Fragile and Risk-Prone Contexts in light of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. is an unbranded initiative, born out of the SPIAC-B. The SPIAC-B supports the dissemination of a joint member statement at the World Humanitarian Summit, aimed at the expansion and strengthening of social protection systems in addressing chronic vulnerabilities and to scale up their utilization as a means of responding to shocks and protracted crises.

Furthermore, this Thursday, 12 May, at 8am - 9am (EST), will present the ‪webinar: A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfers with Long-Term Social Safety Nets, organised by The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM). We invite you to register for the webinar!

Over the past decade, social protection has emerged as an important social policy measure to address vulnerability to shocks. Consequently, there has been increasing interest in forging better links between humanitarian aid and social protection systems to reduce the need for recurrent humanitarian aid and facilitate improved crisis response. 

This month’s newsletter showcases the progress being made in strengthening the design of existing social protection systems to make them ‘shock responsive’, featuring examples of efforts highlighting the role of these systems in delivering humanitarian aid. 
Over the past 7 months, has amassed 950 members from over 100 countries, affiliated to more than 100 institutions

Thank you to those who joined us for our most successful webinar yet, 
Gender and Social Protection: Current Issues and Policy Trend on 3 May, kicking off the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinar Series and Online Community!

Thanks as well to those who attended the ‪Spanish language ‪webinar:
La política fiscal como mecanismo para combatir la desigualdad: análisis en Brasil y Guatemala, organised by and the Inter-American Social Protection Network.
12 May
8am-9am (EST)

A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfers with Long-Term Social Safety Nets
Organised by The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM). 
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2 June
2pm - 3:30pm (UTC+02:00)

Turkey’s Integrated Social Assistance Services System
Organised by Development Pathways, DFAT and Oxford Policy Management (OPM). More details coming soon!
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Join the Gender-Sensitive Online Community to join the post webinar discussion and stay up-to-date on the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinar Series.
You can also access publications  and presentations on the topic.
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Thank you to all those who applied to the second session of the Ambassador Programme! The new Programme is set to launch soon!


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We would like to introduce the recently launched CaLP publication, Working with cash based safety nets in humanitarian contexts: guidance note for humanitarian practitioners, added by member Ruth McCormack (Project Manager, CaLP). This note caters to humanitarian actors engaged in cash-based programming, considering their crucial role in strengthening existing, and supporting the creation of new, social protection systems.

Oxford Policy Managements’ working paper on
Conceptualising Shock-Responsive Social Protection provides insight into the potential for social protection systems in the event of a humanitarian disaster. It also considers how social protection, humanitarian and disaster risk management systems are connected, and the potential challenges of linking them.

Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Lebanon report delves into the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon. Poverty in Lebanon has risen by 66 percent since 2011. This report attempts to gain further insight regarding the struggles of poor Lebanese households alongside Syrian and Palestinian refugee populations in Lebanon. It assesses the policies and programmes implemented by the government and international donors to provide a level of support and social protection.

The report,
Violence against women and cash transfers in humanitarian contexts, by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), exposes how cash transfers in humanitarian contexts can help people recover from shocks caused by natural disasters or conflicts and have a positive impact on the local economy. Cash transfers can also tend to be more cost efficient than in-kind contributions, thereby positively affecting the lives of women.
Online Community

The answers to the questions that arose out of the Mongolia's Child Money Programme Webinar are now accessible in the Child Allowance Online Community.

Join the
Gender-Sensitive Online Community to learn more about how social protection programmes contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Community is administered by the IPC-IG and FAO. You will also be able to stay up-to-date on the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinar Series as well as have access to the most updated literature on the topic.

Discussion Forum

Join the Discussion Forum, Q&A—Webinar: Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools, which addresses the questions arising out of the Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools webinar, held on 10 March. Questions are answered by the webinar’s discussant, Simone Cecchini (ECLAC).

Check out our
Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers Discussion Forum for social protection related opportunities! You can also share your opportunities with a network dedicated to social protection.


The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, is set to take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. The Summit aims to re-inspire a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles, initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments aimed at enabling countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises and be resilient to shocks, as well as share best practices that can help save lives around the world.


We invite you to participate in this 1 minute Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Survey! Your input will ensure that The Gender and Social Protection Webinar Series features content you are interested in!

On 12 May, at 8am-9am (EST), will present the ‪webinar: A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfers with Long-Term Social Safety Nets, organised by The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM). We invite you to register for it! The webinar commences the Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems Webinar Series

The webinar will explore the following topics:
1. The need for and purpose of linking humanitarian Cash Transfer Programmes (CTPs) with social protection; 
2. Where is the convergence and how can this be used for humanitarian CTPs; 
3. What are the challenges and opportunities; 
4. Some examples of how humanitarian CTPs have been linked with social protection in different contexts; 
5. The World Humanitarian Summit and associated work on building linkages between social protection and CTPs.

Webinar Panellists: 
Nupur Kukrety (Consultant, CaLP)
Clare O'Brien (Senior Consultant, Poverty and Social Protection, OPM)
Paula Gil Baizan (Advocacy Coordinator, CaLP) 
Upcoming Webinars:
- June 2, 2pm - 3:30pm (UTC+02:00): Another Webinar organized by the Single Registries and Integrated MISs Online Community, this time on Turkey’s Integrated Social Assistance Services System. More details coming soon!

- June 23: The second session of the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinars Series will explore
Social protection and the empowerment of rural women in Africa.

- June: The IPC-IG and HelpAge will present the webinar, Financing Social Protection: Inequality and redistribution: Taxes and Transfers, commencing the Financing Social Protection Webinar Series.

Learning Tools

Check out this CaLP Learning Tool, Guidance Notes: Cash Transfers in Livelihoods Programming - West Africa. Humanitarian actors involved in contexts of chronic crisis are beginning to consider the role of cash transfers. In order to enable knowledge and best practices to be shared, a learning workshop on cash transfers and livelihoods was organised in Dakar, Senegal, exploring the design and implementation of programmes that include cash transfer components within a livelihood support framework.

See the
presentations by Nicola Jones (Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute) and Agnes Quisumbing (Senior Research Fellow, The International Food Policy Research Institute) from the Gender and Social Protection: Current Issues and Policy Trends webinar, held on May 3, 2016.


See definitions of social protection and related terms in our Glossary. We invite you to submit your own definition of Humanitarian Aid in the context of social protection.


Have a look at our News section, where you can find up-to-date information on social protection programmes in Disaster and Crisis contexts. Read about why Humanitarians working on cash transfers and remittance researchers need to work together in this World Bank blog post.