The topic of ‘targeting’ for emergency/humanitarian programming can be a tricky. In the context of limited

funding, identifying those who are ‘most in need’ is not an easy task and often caseloads affected by covariate shocks are not fully covered by routine social assistance programmes (especially where these are strongly poverty targeted). Bridging the gap between routine social protection programmes and emergency/humanitarian response is not obvious, or always desirable1. This Technical Note complements the “UNICEF Guidance on strengthening Shock Responsive Social Protection systems’’. It discusses targeting for social protection in humanitarian contexts, especially touching on what can be done to build on existing systems and to enhance preparedness for future shocks.

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