This document aims to support strategic players at country level to engage in the topic of ‘shock-responsive social protection’. Specifically, this document aims to:

  • Introduce the key stakeholders and counterparts that can play a role in addressing the pressures imposed by covariate shocks;
  • Clarify why this topic is important and why ‘business as usual’ is no longer a sustainable strategy;
  • Provide a strong framing to support decision-makers to assess the role of Social Protection in shock -prone contexts;  
  • Set out system strengthening measures along each of the social protection ‘building blocks’ ; Identify the key steps required to advance ‘shock responsive social protection.


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