Implementing shock-responsive social protection systems in fragile states

February 2015 to January 2018

We participated in a recent study led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) to investigate when and how social protection systems can scale-up in response to shocks in low-income countries and fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS).

In particular, the study wanted to explore:

  • What features in the design and implementation of social protection systems facilitate an effective response to shocks?
  • How can humanitarian, disaster-risk management and social protection systems work more effectively together?

This work built on our recent literature review, and we contributed to a synthesis report and a toolkit on shock-responsive social protection systems. The full set of outputs are available on the Shock-responsive social protection systems project page

In addition, OPM created a short animation outlining the role social protection systems can play in responding to shocks and what factors could enable existing systems to be more shock-sensitive.

This research assignment sits under DFID's Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme that aims to identify which humanitarian interventions work best, and finding new ways of tackling humanitarian problems.

Outputs