Rethinking humanitarian aid & making the case for humanitarian social protection: A response to the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

Zina Nimeh, Tamara A. Kool, Francesco Iacoella & Alex Hunns


The challenges and responsibility posed on the entire international community as a result of the increasing prevalence of the global refugee population and humanitarian emergencies is ever intensifying. While in its essence humanitarian aid seeks to alleviate some of the perils that refugees face, it transpires as insufficient and unsustainable particularly when displacement becomes protracted. This article draws attention to this issue by arguing that if social protection is viewed from a transformative lens, it could be regarded as a strategic approach to reduce deprivations and enhance resilience through strengthening the link between humanitarian aid and human development. Structurally extending coordinated social protection provisions to refugees could be a pathway forward to durable solutions. This article is written as a response to the 2019 Global Refugee Forum and tackles the complex question of extending social protection benefits to refugees while simultaneously linking the need promoting resilience of the host community through developing a framework that links humanitarian social protection to human development processes.

Keywords: Humanitarian Social Protection, Humanitarian Development Nexus, Global Refugee Forum

JEL Classification: I31, I38, Y80

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