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Adjusting social protection delivery to support displaced populations: A toolkit


Written by Rebecca Holmes, Christy Lowe, Stephen Commins

Refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) generally face barriers to accessing social protection beyond those the host population experiences. Specific operational adaptations will therefore often be required to facilitate their inclusion and to ensure that any shift from humanitarian assistance to social protection provision still meets their needs (Hagen-Zanker et al., 2022a). Ensuring full accessibility for displaced populations can also contribute to a more inclusive social protection delivery system and beneficial outcomes for the host population too.

The practical knowledge of how social protection can accommodate this inclusion, however, is still nascent. As part of a wider project funded under the ‘Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement’ partnership, our primary research explored experiences of delivering social protection and humanitarian assistance to displaced populations in Cameroon, Colombia and Greece.

Drawing on examples from the three case studies, this toolkit draws on the findings of a larger thematic paper to provide concrete guidance for adjusting social protection at each phase of the delivery chain.

This output is part of a larger two-year research project studying approaches to assisting affected populations in contexts of forced displacement. For more information and other project outputs, see here.