Social protection in contexts of fragility

Social protection in fragile contexts

This month, Capacity4dev presents a series of articles illustrating the challenges of providing social protection in fragile and insecure contexts.
Over the next few weeks, find out how humanitarian and development actors are rethinking the way they do their work, while building resilience among the food-insecure communities in Somalia, assisting governments in drafting their own social protection mechanisms or providing support to refugees in Turkey and the Middle East.

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EU support for UHC
In the second part of our series on Universal Health Coverage, we look at how the EU is supporting partner countries achieve UHC, through mechanisms like the IHP for UHC 2030, the UHC Partnership, and the SPHIP programme.
Partnership for Prospects
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development runs a programme that attempts to deliver short-term relief and longer-term development support to Syrian refugees and host communities across the Middle East.
Social protection in Somalia
Most of the humanitarian response in Somalia remains focused on short-term assistance that doesn’t address the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability among Somali communities. The growing consensus among international actors is that more long-term approaches are needed to make a sustainable difference in people's lives.
Social Welfare Fund in Yemen
Many of Yemen's formal social protection systems collapsed with the start of the military conflict in 2015. Among the few still in operation is the Social Fund for Development, providing support to around 300,000 people.
Four-fifths of humanitarian crises now last more than five years, which means traditional short-term responses become recurrent and therefore it is important to start thinking long term while responding to immediate needs.
Four-fifths of humanitarian crises now last five years or more, causing traditional short-term responses to become increasingly recurrent. It is therefore important to start thinking long-term while responding to immediate needs.
Monique Pariat, Director-General of ECHO
According to Monique Pariat, the Director-General of the European Commission’s humanitarian arm ECHO, social protection can be a bridge between humanitarian and development approaches, helping the most vulnerable populations in a more efficient and effective way. Ms Pariat spoke to Capacity4dev about ECHO’s work to support long-term, shock-responsive social protection systems around the world.
Universal health coverage
Under Agenda 2030, the European Commission has committed itself to helping partner countries achieve UHC. In the first part of our series on Universal Health Coverage, Capacity4dev speaks to Dr Joseph Kutzin of WHO and Matthias Reinicke from DG DEVCO on the history of Universal Health Coverage and the common challenges to achieving it.
What Makes a Good Life?
According to organisers of a recent conference in Munich, Europe could learn a lot from the indigenous communities around the world on how to effectively tackle climate change.
Q&A with Franck Viault, former EU Head of Cooperation in Indonesia
In recent years, Indonesia has graduated out of bilateral EU development assistance. Franck Viault, who recently finished his post as the Delegation’s Head of Cooperation, explains the different projects and programmes and how they’ve been affected by the country’s graduation.
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The European Commission has been looking closely at how computer-assisted learning can most seamlessly and effectively be integrated into classrooms to foster educational development. Getting that right needs a sound strategy centred on how teachers and students will use it, experts say.

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