22 Sep 2023

A new case study looks at how cash-based anticipatory action can connect with social protection programmes

A new case study published by the Anticipation Hub looks at the potential for connecting anticipatory cash transfers to social protection systems. Drawing on a simulation exercise in the Philippines, organized by the German Red Cross, the Philippine Red Cross and the Food and Agriculture Oganization of the United Nations, it captures the lessons learned as reported by those who were involved in this simulation. 

The case study, titled ‘A joint simulation on cash-based anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection for floods in the Philippines’, explores how this modality – the provision of cash before a hazard – can be implemented more efficiently by building on the information in existing social protection programmes, of which there are several in the Philippines. The simulation exercise also tested procedures for better coordination among the many agencies operating in this sector in the country. 

“It is important to think about how anticipatory action can integrate with, and build upo,n existing systems in order to be able to scale up,” noted Arielle Tozier de la Poterie from the German Red Cross, who is an author of the case study. “Linking anticipatory action to social protection makes sense, because it can potentially help both to expand their reach.” 

The case study can be downloaded from the Anticipation Hub, where there is also more information about anticipatory action in the Philippines

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Photo: The simulation exercise for anticipatory action ahead of floods in Camarines Sur, Philippines. © FAO