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Social protection and basic services in conflict-affected situations: what do we know?

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Rachel Slater, Richard Mallett

This SLRC briefing paper summarises the findings of a working paper exploring social protection and basic services (health, education and water) in fragile and conflict-affected situations and finds:

  • Evidence on social protection and service delivery in conflict-affected situations is fairly limited and of variable quality
  • The claim that there is a causal link between service delivery and state-building is frequently made but rarely evidenced
  • Gaps remain in the guidance about how to deliver basic services in volatile, low capacity situations, particularly in relation to comparative costs and programme effectiveness
Rachel Slater, Richard Mallett and Samuel Carpenter