Programme Guidance: Strengthening Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems


From pandemics to climate change, the frequency, severity and complexity of humanitarian crises is increasing. For children and their families living in crisis-prone areas, this means a greater exposure to shocks and stresses. The impacts of these shocks can be devastating and lifelong, reversing development gains and triggering the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Social protection, including cash transfer programmes, can play an important role in helping families and caregivers to prepare for, cope with and recover from shocks and stresses without compromising children's rights.

This guide outlines UNICEF’s approach to shock-responsive social protection, and provides practical tools, resources and case studies for UNICEF staff, policymakers and partners to build and strengthen shock-responsive social protection systems.

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