World Food Programme Technique for Assist to Social Defense (July 2021) – Globe

Executive summary


Social protection is important if we are to reach Zero Starvation. Hundreds of millions of men and women contend everyday with meals insecurity and malnutrition, poverty and inequality. These are frequently linked in intricate methods. What’s additional, as the COVID-19 pandemic reveals, all people—whether at the moment in a vulnerable scenario or not—risk welfare declines owing to shocks and stressors. Social defense is a cornerstone of guidelines that handle these problems by redistributing means and by interventions that assistance men and women or homes to manage threats. It is an accelerator for quite a few Sustainable Development Ambitions (SDGs).

Countries define social security according to their context. An interagency definition describes social protection as the, ‘policies and programmes aimed at preventing, and shielding people today from, poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion throughout their everyday living […with] a particular emphasis on susceptible groups’ (SPIAC-B, 2019, p.1). These usually address a array of funds and/or in-variety transfers they could also consist of some fee waivers, energetic labour industry techniques, targeted subsidies and/or social care services (see Annex B).

Social protection can boost foodstuff safety and nourishment by several entry points. Food security has four elements: foodstuff availability, entry, utilisation and balance over time. Improving food access (by maximizing economic capacities) and security (smoothing use for the duration of disruption) is intrinsic to social defense. Meals availability and utilisation are much less intrinsic and so have to have distinctive consideration. With respect to diet, social protection tends to be additional helpful when diet targets are pursued intentionally.

Motivation to social defense by governments and their associates has very long been escalating. A lot of troubles remain, some presently the subject matter of world wide cooperation and others meriting consideration. These include increasing social security across the a few proportions of the Universal Social Security 2030 agenda—coverage, comprehensiveness and adequacy bettering quality and embedding programmes in a cohesive technique. Having greater account of foods safety and diet issues, and of further needs in crises, are other significant worries.


For the World Food Programme (WFP), poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion—the a few situations cited earlier mentioned as the remit of social protection policy—are component of 3 broader domains of issue, relating to desires, risks and inequalities respectively. All 3 resonate with our mandate:

  • Requirements. Particular demands ought to be satisfied for people today to have a good life—not just food items but a range of necessary needs, all of which can have an effect on foodstuff stability and nutrition—and social security can enable them achieve it

  • Hazards. Social protection’s possibility management operate is of major importance to WFP as it can decrease some damaging impacts of shocks and support construct resilience

  • Inequalities. The position of social protection in combating inequalities matters as these impact vulnerability. Prospect and drawback are motivated by social, financial and/or geographical factors e.g. age, gender, incapacity or migration standing.

In this method we focus on formal, public social security initiatives that deal with these considerations.

WFP has contributed to social defense for a long time. In 2020, WFP supported nationwide social security systems in 78 nations around the world, primarily in response to COVID-19.

Our social protection perform is aligned with WFP’s twin roles in ‘Changing Lives’ and ‘Saving Lives’. It is a route by which we enact our determination to functioning ‘at the nexus’ of humanitarian and development assistance and peace. Countrywide social safety devices, with their yearly expenditure of trillions of dollars, function at a scale that is orders of magnitude higher than any intercontinental humanitarian reaction. By continuing to make investments catalytic amounts in strengthening those people nationwide systems WFP aims to make improvements to results among the quite a few hundred million hungry and malnourished—and those at risk—whom we do not attain directly and who might also want help if Zero Starvation is to be achieved.

This system supplies a strategic path and a coordinating framework for ongoing things to do. Constructing on the ‘Update of WFP’s Safety Nets Policy’ (2012), and adhering to an evaluation in 2018–19, it consists of new capabilities which includes: thing to consider of key agreements since 2012, such as the SDGs, Social Security Ground Initiative, USP2030 and Grand Deal a far more comprehensive articulation as to how social safety can contribute to foodstuff stability and diet and a larger aim on strengthening the success of social safety in fragile and conflict-afflicted contexts, to develop resilience and as a channel for shock-response.

Comments from our associates is obvious and consistent about the value that WFP provides to our partnerships with governments and other actors doing the job in this discipline. These are: (1) our world wide footprint and frontline presence (2) our on-the-floor operational expertise and solid ‘delivery culture’ (3) our analytical abilities (4) our meals protection and nourishment experience and (5) our potential to work across the humanitarian–development–peace nexus.

We will adhere to concepts that guarantee we supply effective, context-certain assist. While remaining guided by our mandate, we will supply evidence-dependent help that starts off from nations’ very own targets and capacities and does not presuppose the adoption of any individual method. We will continue to keep men and women at the centre, maintaining a agency emphasis on accountability to afflicted populations. Collaborative partnerships are elementary: we will align with UN Cooperation Frameworks, strive to avoid duplication and goal to incorporate benefit by searching for specific arrangement about our contribution relative to others’.


We established out our strategic framework in five components (see diagram on pp.26-27). These are: (1) Our vision (2) The priorities (3) Social security for whom? (4) Modes of help (5) Parts of function.

Part 1: Vision

The vision for this method is that, ‘By 2030 individuals will have considerably enhanced obtain to national social safety methods that safeguard and foster their capability to meet up with their foods safety, nutrition and involved crucial requires, and to regulate the dangers and shocks they face’ (Determine 3). With this ambition we reaffirm our readiness to assistance nations worldwide in their pursuit of the commitments they have established for that date.

Portion 2: Priorities

Two unique but interconnected priorities emerge from the eyesight: social safety that, very first, will help folks to fulfill their foods security, nutrition and affiliated important wants and 2nd, will help them regulate threats and shocks.

For the initially, where proper, we will:

  • Support ‘food security-specific’ or ‘nutrition-specific’ programmes (i.e. where by 1 of these is the primary objective), e.g. our assistance to school feeding, or to institutionalising lean season aid

  • Help ‘food safety-sensitive’ and ‘nutrition-sensitive’ methods. These are steps that consciously attempt to improve appropriate impacts in programmes (e.g. funds transfers) exactly where these are not the main goal but that contribute vastly

  • Aid programmes that aim to reduce multidimensional poverty broadly even when a meals protection or nutrition lens is not specifically utilized, but in contexts the place food stuff insecurity and malnutrition are a significant problem. Illustrations could be programmes that promote revenue era or human cash enhancement.

The second precedence is carefully similar. Shocks jeopardise people’s capability to meet their essential desires in turn, vulnerability to shocks is heightened if the skill to fulfill crucial requires is presently compromised. We goal to assist address both idiosyncratic and covariate hazards.

The 2nd precedence comprises supporting improvements to social safety for resilience-constructing, and also for responding in contexts of disruption. By constructing resilience we may well lower the scale of humanitarian needs, making economical use of our sources for emergencies by not owning to, ‘save the similar lives in excess of and in excess of again’. And when a shock hits, social defense can be a central reaction. Our solution is dependent on regardless of whether or not authorities products and services exist and are working. Whether or not for resilience-developing or for shock-response we will proceed to support the expanded coverage, comprehensiveness, adequacy and excellent of social safety.

In respect of equally priorities we will support the strengthening of the enabling natural environment that facilitates programme supply. This contains e.g. procedures, institutional preparations and proof generation.

Right before committing to national method-strengthening we will usually assess no matter if our steps are likely to develop conflict or protection pitfalls. This is paramount in conditions of active conflict exactly where international humanitarian regulation applies, exactly where actions right supporting federal government programmes could not be promptly possible. In this kind of contexts the humanitarian rules of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence are most important and will not be compromised.

Aspect 3: Social protection for whom?

All people today have distinctive requirements, choices and capacities, and confront prospects and disadvantages deriving from their exclusive situation. Taken separately, the implications of identity markers these types of as gender, age or disability can be broadly characterised. Even so, no person fits into just a person group: absolutely everyone is disadvantaged by some identity markers although remaining privileged by other folks. The ‘Leave no-just one behind’ pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Progress is rooted in the recognition that men and women have many inequalities, and makes an attempt to mitigate them.

We will mainstream factors of social, economic and geographical identification in our social safety operate. This suggests that we do not emphasis on pre-determined population teams. Relatively, we will assist nationwide actors and their associates to carry out vulnerability analyses to recognize how distinctive attributes have an effect on people’s requirements and preferences in a presented context (such as swiftly identifying rising needs in covariate shocks). We will guide the style and implementation of social security programmes tailored to people’s requirements and capacities, and the reform of the enabling setting so as to accommodate and/or address specific variables of vulnerability.

For WFP, supporting to address geographical inequalities is, and will keep on to be, a significant aim. The place men and women live tremendously has an effect on their publicity and vulnerability to shocks and hazards—including conflict and protracted crises—which in turn are essential determinants of foodstuff protection, nourishment and several other outcomes. Several men and women stay in destinations that are remote, difficult to reach or poorly connected with primary expert services. Geographical disparities often intersect with other forms of deprivation, compounding economic and social exclusion. If we are to leave no-a person behind we should stage up endeavours to help social defense for individuals residing in difficult contexts, including in techniques that lead to prospects for peace and protection.

Component 4: Modes of assist

To implement the priorities, in our nation-stage assistance we will:

  1. Guidance nationally led techniques and programmes. We will work together with, or on behalf of, governments and their partners on the style and design and supply of nationwide social protection, e.g. by supplying advice and steering or implementing on governments’ behalf as required and within just our remit

  2. Give complementary actions in WFP’s individual programming. Support in our individual programmes—whether as an unexpected emergency or for a longer time expression response—will be manufactured with a clear intent to strengthen nationwide social protection in which attainable. The place national programs have gaps, we will check out chances to fill them. Conversely, exactly where elements of the countrywide program are functioning, we will attract on and complement them. Not all of WFP’s possess programming delivers this complementary position, nor really should it: at times a obvious delineation is needed amongst WFP as a humanitarian company and nationwide actors, or among emergency and advancement capabilities.

The methods are neither mutually distinctive nor static about time.