Carolina Holland-Szyp

Carolina Holland-Szyp

Research Officer

Carolina is a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. Her research experience and interests include children and youth, livelihoods, social protection and social change, using qualitative and participatory methods.

Since joining IDS, she has worked on projects specifically looking at addressing youth’s engagement in violent activities, navigating access to social assistance in protracted crises, children’s harmful work, youth engagement with the rural economy, and impacts of social protection interventions on youth employment outcomes. Before joining IDS, Carolina’s roles in academia and the private sector required a comprehensive range of cross-sector skills such as stakeholder engagement, operations, and analysis.



Addressing Young People’s Engagement in Violent Activities

This project aims to generate practical insights on how WFP programming and practices could be adapted in ways that contribute to reducing young people’s involvement in violent activities. Focussing on contexts in Honduras and Mozambique affected by gang related violence and armed insurgency,...


Youth employment and politics

Over 40 percent of global populations are under 25 yet young people cannot secure work and increasingly face a crisis of citizenship. Youth Employment and Politics at IDS builds on decades of research to develop knowledge and evidence that contributes to effective interventions that supports,...


Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research

The intersection of protracted conflict and displacement with recurring climate shocks, alongside the shifting nature of humanitarian responses, presents multiple challenges for how to provide social assistance more effectively in protracted crises. BASIC (Better Assistance in Crises) Research...


Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year research programme supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of...



Working Paper

Cash-Plus Programming in Protracted Crises

BASIC Research Working Paper 19

A Review of Programmes in Contexts of Overlapping Conflict, Forced Displacement and Climate-Related Shocks This paper explores the nature and effectiveness of cash-plus programmes in protracted crisis settings characterised by conflict, displacement and recurrent climate shocks. Despite limited...

Jeremy Lind
Jeremy Lind & 2 others

19 June 2023

Working Paper

Beyond Rights-Based Social Protection for Forcibly Displaced People

BASIC Research Working Paper 6

Having a right that is not respected is not the same as having no right at all. At least this should not be the case. Failure to receive something to which you are entitled should lead to formal redress or failing that, protest.

Tahir Zaman & 3 others

21 February 2022

Carolina Holland-Szyp’s recent work