Adaptive Social Protection
Adaptive Social Protection links Social Protection with Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation to strengthen people’s and societies’ resilience.
When catastrophes strike, the most severely affected are often left without protection: The poorest families have less capacity to prepare for, or cope with, crises related to food, floods, income losses or other. ‘Humanitarian’ and ‘transitional’ assistance is only a temporary solution, especially when interrelated shocks such as climate change, famine and armed conflict lead to a negative spiral fuelling impoverishment and migration.
In this context, the response also needs to be compounded: Associating Social Protection, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Adaptive Social Protection offers a trajectory for tackling such interrelated challenges. Its pragmatic approach, based on four interconnected ‘building blocks’, provides a potent framework for policy dialogue and coordinated action, to provide comprehensive and effective coverage and support to those affected.
German development cooperation is strongly implicated in promoting Adaptive Social Protection, particularly in the fragile Sahel region, through both its bilateral interventions and participation in major multilateral programmes. The articles, events and studies on this page explain how Germany uses different development instruments to support Adaptive Social Protection in contexts where it is urgently needed.