This note outlines and analyses a “twin-track approach” to deliver shock-responsive social protection in the Sahel in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The approach was developed with the Governments of Mali, Mauritania, and Niger with WFP and UNICEF providing technical advice and delivery support under a COVID-19 social protection response programme funded by the German development cooperation (BMZ-KFW). This note highlights the details and relevance of the approach in the Sahel context, lessons learned from the first two phases (2020-2022) of implementation of the programme in three countries (Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) and identifies a resulting set of principles to outline a coherent way forward to apprehend shock-responsive social protection delivery more holistically in fragile contexts. The principles are proposed for further discussion with government partners and development stakeholders.
All the right tracks. Delivering shock responsive social protection: lessons from the COVID-19 response
A review of the WFP and UNICEF pioneered “twin-track approach”, with support from German development cooperation (BMZ-KFW), to deliver shock-responsive social protection in the Sahel.