Scoping Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa

The Cairo Regional Bureau of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex conducted a scoping study of social protection programmes in the Middle East and North Africa region.

This scoping exercise is expected to contribute to the development of WFP’s regional social protection strategy. In-depth country case-studies have been generated for five countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen. Desk-based country case studies were generated for a further four countries: Egypt, Iran, Palestine and Tunisia.

The scoping study in each country focuses on:

  • Social protection (particularly safety nets) from the perspective of food security and livelihoods and nutrition outcomes
  • Social protection for refugees, displaced people, as well as host communities
  • Informal safety nets and their importance in combating hunger and food insecurity.

Key contact

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More details
Project Dates:
June 2014 - December 2015
Project Status:
World Food Programme (WFP)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Centre for Social Protection
Social Protection