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Webinars on Social Protection

©FAO/Marco Longari
25/09/2018 - 26/09/2018

This webinar series was organised with support from the European Union.

  • Social protection webinar II - FAO and Cash+ : How to maximize the impacts if cash transfers 
    24 October 2018  -  15.30 - 17.00 CEST (UTC+2)

In the context of the increased complexity of crises, protracted displacement, overstretched capacity and the lack of resources for meeting growing humanitarian needs, development and humanitarian actors are joining forces to find innovative approaches to effectively address these needs.

Within this framework, FAO and its partners recognize that scaling-up cash-based programming as well as risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection systems are a strategic priority to improve food security and nutrition and to protect households’ assets as well as increase income of the most vulnerable population. Indeed, access to predictable, sizable and regular social protection benefits can, in the short-term, protect poor households from the impacts of shocks, including erosion of productive assets, and can minimize negative coping practices. In the longer term, social protection can help build capacity, smooth consumption, and allow for investments that contribute to building the resilience of people to future threats and crisis.

In humanitarian and fragile contexts, when markets function and currency is stable, cash-based interventions are recognized as flexible and cost-effective instruments for addressing the most pressing needs of populations affected by shocks. In these settings, where the provision of governmentally led social protection services is absent or weak, FAO sees its strategic role in supporting the design of cash and “cash+” type of interventions while supporting the capacity development of local stakeholders. These interventions aim at being a starting point for the development of national social protection systems that are risk-informed and responsive to shocks to be used to plan timely and efficient responses to emergencies. Such a response might involve increasing the amount of a transfer to cover additional needs (vertical expansion), temporarily expanding the number of beneficiaries receiving a transfer (horizontal expansion) or complementing the transfer with other components to enhance the protection of assets.

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