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Shock-responsive social protection systems

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Department for International Development (DFID)
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This DFID-funded study on Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems strengthens the evidence base as to when and how social protection systems can better scale up in response to shocks in low-income countries and fragile and conflict-affected states, thus reducing the need for separate humanitarian responses. The key research question is: 'What are the constraints to social protection systems being more responsive to shocks, and, conversely, what factors would enable social protection systems to become more responsive to shocks?'

The study, which ran from 2015-2018, was led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) in consortium with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and INASP.

The project Synthesis Report is available for download here, while a wide variety of other useful outputs are also available:

These are also shared and discussed within the Socialprotection.org online community on 'social protection in crisis contexts', which you are welcome to join. Preliminary evidence from Kenya and Mozambique and subsequently from Pakistan and the Philippines were presented as webinars, while a short animated video summarises key insights from the project.

To sign up to our quarterly newsletter or for any questions or contributions, please contact our Project Manager Valentina Barca. Also, use the hashtags #ShockResponsive #SocialProtection or #shockresponsiveSP to contribute to our discussion on Twitter – or follow @Clare_OBrien and @Valentina_OPM.

This project was awarded through DFID's Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme (HIEP), a high-profile programme of 20 research projects intended to improve the quality, quantity and use of evidence in humanitarian programming.


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