Shock responsive social protection in practice: experiences in Pakistan and the Philippines


Recording of the webinar "Shock responsive social protection in practice: experiences in Pakistan and the Philippines" hosted by the platform on 23rd March 2017.

This webinar – the third in our shock-responsive social protection series at – shares case study findings from recently completed research in Pakistan and the Philippines. Both countries have been experimenting with building on their social protection system to provide effective disaster response, facing different challenges and opportunities that provide important lessons for countries in similar contexts. Specifically: 

  • Our Pakistan presentation will highlight the significant national experience with cash-based responses to disasters, and focus in on the potential for leveraging some of the core systems and operational mechanisms of the country’s flagship social safety net – the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) - to contribute to shock-responsive social protection 
  • Our Philippines presentation discusses experiences in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, when WFP and UNICEF partnered with the government to provide top-up humanitarian cash assistance through the national Conditional Cash Transfer programme, the Pantawid Programme. 

Gabrielle Smith, International Development Consultant 

Carol Watson, International Development Consultant 

Valentina Barca, Consultant, Poverty and Social Protection, Oxford Policy Management 

Webinar Structure 
Introduction: Valentina Barca 
Pakistan Case Study: Carol Watson 
Philippines case study: Gabrielle Smith 
Question & Answers: Gabrielle and Carol, moderated by Valentina 

This webinar was the third of the Shock-responsive Social Protection Series, which was organized by OPM. Please join the Social protection in crisis contexts online community if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.