Bridging the gap between international development and humanitarianism

With the World Humanitarian Summit just around the corner, one question that comes up time and again at international summits is that of the humanitarian-development divide.

One way to bridge said gap is by making it possible to scale-up social protection schemes in emergency situations, and our Shock Responsive Social Protection programme team has come up with five different methods by which this can be done.

Each day until the Summit begins we will be adding an extra tactic, so check back to see other methods.

Tactic 1: Vertical expansion

This involves increasing the value, or duration, of a benefit for its existing recipients.

Tactic 2: Horizontal expansion

This involves expanding a social protection mechanism to a greater number of people.

Tactic 3: Piggybacking

This involves running a stand-alone intervention, but using the systems, processes and infrastructure of an existing programme.

Tactic 4: Shadow alignment

This involves developing a parallel humanitarian system that aligns as best as possible to a current or potential social protection programme.

Tactic 5: Refocusing

This involves adjusting an existing social protection system to refocus assistance on groups that are most vulnerable to the shock.

A full suite of tools

With these tools, the gap between humanitarian responses and development can be reduced, meaning more efficiency and more lives positively impacted.

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