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Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems

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Department for International Development (DFID)
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This study on Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems aims to strengthen 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 (FCAS), 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?' An overview introduction to the study – which is led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) in consortium with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and INASP and runs from March 2015 to January 2018 – is available here.

To date, our team has produced four important outputs:

We are also finalising case studies documenting experiences in Mali, Pakistan, and Mozambique, as well as light-touch research in Lesotho and the Sahel region. These will soon be shared and discussed within the Socialprotection.org Online Community which you are welcome to join. Preliminary evidence from Kenya and Mozambique and subsequently from Pakistan and the Philippines were presented as webinars.

To sign up to our quarterly newsletter or for any questions or contributions, please contact our Project Manager and Team Leader Clare O’Brien. Also, use the hashtag #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.

Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant
Leader, Social Development
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Senior Consultant