The SSLF 2018 focused on “Building Resilience through Adaptive Social Protection” and was held from February 19-22 at the InterContinental Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. The concept of “Adaptive” Social Protection (ASP) has emerged in recent years, which places an enhanced focus on better enabling social protection to address the impacts of all manner of shocks on households – including natural disasters and climate change, economic and financial crises, conflict and displacement, among others. A nascent area, ASP has begun to crystalize around two interrelated approaches:
- Building the resilience of the households that are most vulnerable to shocks
- Increasing the responsiveness of social protection programs to adapt to and meet changed needs on the ground after shocks have materialized
The Forum provided an occasion for country practitioners to come together and discuss their thinking, approaches and experiences in adapting social protection in the face of such formidable challenges.