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SPaN (2019) Summary - Reference Document: Social Protection across the Humanitarian-Development Nexus. A Game Changer in Supporting People through Crises.

The reference document and this Summary were produced as parts of the European Commission’s “Guidance Package on
Social protection across the humanitarian-development Nexus (SPaN)”. It is a common product of an initiative jointly led
by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), Directorate-
General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and Directorate-General for Neighbourhood
and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR).

This Summary highlights the complementarities between humanitarian and social protection approaches. In addition, the reader will find in this document a summary of: 

  • The identified reasons why working with social protection in crisis contexts adds value to greater effectiveness, efficiency and suitability of programmes;
  • What does working with social protection in fragile, conflict and displacement contexts look like? 
  • Key features of social protection responses in fragile, conflict affected and displacement contexts;
  • Outstanding questions remaining unanswered which can be filled through evidence generation and knowledge sharing.

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