Guidance Notes - The Role of Social Protection in Protracted Crises

Guidance Notes - The Role of Social Protection in Protracted Crises
Dec 2016
  • In protracted crises, the poorest face the greatest risk of being left behind.
  • Social protection is recognized as a strategic approach to reduce poverty and enhance resilience and is a key principle within the CFS-FFA.
  • FAO recognizes social protection’s role in prevention: minimizing negative coping strategies, while strengthening resilience capacity at national, subnational and community levels; response: mitigating the negative impacts of crises; and promotion: facilitating investments in innovative solutions for sustainable livelihoods.
  • Shock-responsive and risk-informed social protection systems are a key tool to increase the resilience before a shock hits and during the initial phase in a situation of protracted crisis and provide an efficient and flexible way to respond to a disaster.
  • The “CASH+” approach illustrates FAO added value in providing a flexible combination of cash transfers and agricultural productive interventions.
  • Greater clarity is needed in terms of operationalizing scalable and shock-responsive social protection systems, to define roles, responsibilities and methods.
  • One key challenge ahead in the implementation of shock-responsive systems is enhancing the capacity of national and community structures to respond to protracted crises. It is important to work to enhance the commitment of the key actors, building structures to withstand predictable and recurrent shocks within fragile states and protracted crises, and integrate these within the framework of multi-stakeholder resilience programming.