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Linking social protection and humanitarian assistance: A toolkit to support basic needs and wellbeing in displacement settings


Written by Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Christy Lowe, Rebecca Holmes

This toolkit considers the implications of linking humanitarian assistance for displaced populations with social protection for ensuring the basic needs and wellbeing of displacement-affected populations. With this toolkit, we aim to offer guidance for both government and non-governmental actors (i.e. implementing agencies and donors) providing assistance in displacement settings. We root that guidance in evidence gathered across three key country contexts (Cameroon, Colombia and Greece), and we draw conclusions and make recommendations at the policy and programme design level.

We offer not only general guidance on assistance provision in such contexts but also more specific guidance for those wondering how – or indeed whether – to link humanitarian assistance with social protection programmes or systems. We recognise that the decision will reach beyond basic needs considerations into a wide range of factors, including the nature of the displacement, the structural features and state of the social protection system in the host country, and the legal and institutional frameworks, as well as wider displacement policy responses.

This toolkit builds on the findings of a larger thematic paper published earlier on this topic.

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.