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Wednesday, October 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Side event 5: Fail forward: Building foundations for innovation

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#whatsnextforSP? In a rapidly changing world, innovation will be key to successfully deliver social protection for all. In complex, uncertain contexts, innovation and success are possible because of our failures. Yet, countries and organizations are often unwilling to recount those. During this side event, we shared and discussed cases where a social protection response to a crisis, or a humanitarian intervention linked with a national social protection system, hasn’t gone as smoothly as people might have wished. We considered what it takes for failure to be a stepping stone to success. In doing so, we intended to initiate a wider debate on how, as a global community of practice, we can get better at creating safe spaces to fail (and thus innovate) and share what we have learned in these journeys, and how to use this knowledge effectively towards expanding social protection in crisis contexts.

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Cecile Cherrier

Independent Consultant
Cecile Cherrier is an independent consultant and an ODI research associate working at the interface between social protection, food and nutrition security, and humanitarian assistance. Her 20-year experience crosses practice and research in both humanitarian and development settings... Read More →
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Zehra Rizvi

Programme Specialist (HCT/SRSP), UNICEF
Zehra is the SRSP/HCT specialist for UNICEF MENA since July 2020.  Most recently she was working as the KML Specialist with the Grand Bargain Cash Sub Group on linking SP and humanitarian cash transfers.  Her experience with social protection began as the Humanitarian Policy Advisor... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am GMT-03