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Implementing shock-responsive social protection systems in fragile states

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.


Clare O'Brien, Zoë Scott, Gabrielle Smith, Valentina Barca, Andrew Kardan, Rebecca Holmes, Carol Watson, Jenny Congrave

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