Working Paper 14 from the BASIC Research programme is authored by Rachel Slater and entitled ‘Sustaining Existing Social Protection Programmes During Crises: What Do We Know? How Can We Know More?’
The paper explores our understanding of the ways in which existing programmes can be sustained during crises to ensure that households that were already poor and vulnerable before a crisis continue to be supported. Literature in this area does not address conflict-affected crises.
The paper concludes that a better understanding of when, where and how existing programmes can be sustained during situations of violent conflict will help to ensure that poor and vulnerable households can be supported – either through government programmes or by enabling robust diagnosis of when efforts to sustaining existing programmes will be inadequate and an additional, external responses are required.
BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research is a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funded programme examining why, how and when to use social protection approaches in different crisis contexts, to deliver more effective social assistance so that vulnerable people cope better with crises and meet their basic needs. BASIC Research is led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) at the University of Wolverhampton, working with an assortment of partners across 11 countries affected by protracted crisis.