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Social Protection in Madagascar - The Case of Cash Transfers: Capacity to respond to shocks and options for harmonization

This study was undertaken as commissioned by the Government of Madagascar (Ministry of Population, Social protection and Women’s Promotion and the National Office of Risk and Disaster Management) in coordination with the members of the emergency cash group and with UNICEF’s funding and technical support. The results of this report have been presented and discussed with the Government and the members of the emergency cash group.

As a conclusion of the study:

  • The Government of Madagascar is making significant efforts to design a social protection system that is responsive to shocks.
  • It is important for the Government to develop a mid-term extension strategy for its social safety net programmes, and an associated funding strategy.
  • In locations exposed to predictable and repeated crises, the extension of the social safety net programmes should be prioritized, which will enhance households’ resilience to shocks.
  • To evolve towards an integrated social protection system that is responsive to shocks, the Government and humanitarian actors will have to develop a common needs assessment methodology and a shared administrative/operational framework.
  • To the extent possible, humanitarian actors should support the operational response to a crisis through the State-run programmes.
  • Development partners should continue efforts to strengthen the Government’s capacity to design and implement a national social protection system responsive to shocks.

Date: December 1st 2017

Author: Celada, Elena. 2017. Study of the cash working group

Language: french