Resilience

Social protection in humanitarian and fragile contexts

Social protection in humanitarian and fragile contexts
Jul 2017

In recent years, threats and crises - due to both natural and man-made disasters - are not only more frequent but also increasingly complex. As such the international community is progressively facing the need to respond to emergencies that combine multiple and compounding vulnerability drivers: chronic poverty, food insecurity, inequality, violence, instability, climate change, and weak governance. This is encouraging to commit to find innovative and effective ways to bridge the humanitarian-development divide and incorporate climate-smart policies. FAO recognizes that the poor and most marginalized people are disproportionately affected by hazards and crisis and the limited assets or lack of social protection coverage can lead families to resort to negative coping strategies which would trigger a negative spiral of vulnerability and poverty. Risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection systems are a strategic priority for FAO. These measures, if integrated into broader development strategies, can significantly reduce families’ vulnerability, severe food insecurity and exposure to threats and crises.

 

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