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Global Community of practice on Social protection in crisis contexts

The online community on Social Protection in Crisis Contexts hosted by socialprotection.org offers a unique space for people with diverse backgrounds to exchange documents, insights and news in order to collectively and progressively learn how to expand social protection to often hard-to-reach crisis-affected populations.

The community’s topic of interest encompasses issues referred to as social protection across the humanitarian-development nexus, shock-responsive/sensitive social protection, linking humanitarian assistance and social protection, or social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement. It is concerned with the linkages between social protection and humanitarian cash transfers, as well as other equally important aspects to improve social protection in crisis contexts, including: how national social protection systems can continue to operate in crisis contexts; what national governments can do to provide effective social protection for resilience building in crisis-prone contexts; and how national governments can improve their own emergency responses.

The community is open to anyone concerned with the topic. It brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds, practitioners, policymakers, experts, as well as academics and students, working on social protection, disaster risk management or humanitarian aid. With over 240 members, it is one of the largest and most active communities on socialprotection.org.

Created as an unbranded, member-based online space, it intends to offer a one-stop shop and common platform for various practitioners and researchers working on this vast, complex and hot topic. 
Over the years, different institutions have supported the community while individual members have ensured its continuous growth and sustainability towards its goals.

As of September 2020, the space hosts a few organisational initiatives:
It also offers a space for individual members’ initiatives, including:
  • A Weekly Informal Hangout co-hosted on Zoom by Zehra Rizvi and Cecile Cherrier every Wednesdays at 15:00 GMT, which provides an opportunity for practitioners from across the globe to share ideas, concerns and experiences in an open and supportive environment.

In addition, the online space provides access to key relevant resources: Documents, Glossary, Webinars, Discussions, Calendar, and Announcements.


Moving forward, there is a recognised need to enhance the Online Community space to further facilitate the exchange of experiences, and offer an easily accessible state-of-the-art resource centre on the issue.
Administrators of the Online Community have identified a number of priority actions to undertake for the space to become a reference, user-friendly platform for anyone willing to learn about the issue, access latest evidence, receive updates, share ideas or ask for inputs on a specific related issue. These have been captured in a concept note for the attention of any individual members and organisations interested in supporting the Online Community’s development.

Recommended actions for Enhancing the Online Community on Social Protection in Crisis Contexts include:
  • Integrating a D-group functionality to ease interactions between community members;
  • Organising and expanding the Library;
  • Introducing Directories of cross-country initiatives, training courses, and peers;
  • Compiling a Compendium of Experiences;
  • Encouraging Individual Members’ Initiatives;
  • Introducing a dedicated Blog series.


Please join us during the e-Conference in the sessions hosted, or co-hosted, by the Online Community: 
  • Tuesday 6 October at 5:00 am GMT for the Clinic 4A or 12:00 pm GMT for the Clinic 4B on ‘Preparing our social protection sector for future shocks in times of COVID-19 and beyond, working alongside the humanitarian sector’;
  • Tuesday 6 October at 2:00 pm GMT in this Virtual Booth to exchange with us and learn more about the Online Community and our future plans;
  • Wednesday 7 October at 12:00 pm GMT for the Side Event 5 on ‘Fail Forward: Building foundations for innovation’.
If not done yet, become a member of Socialprotection.org and join the Online Community on Social Protection in Crisis Contexts to receive regular updates.

Feel free to reach out to our team at zenaraquel@gmail.com; cecile.cherrier@gmail.com
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