This series is intended to provide a practical resource for those engaged in the design and implementation of safety net programs around the world. Readers will find information on good practices for a variety of types of interventions, country contexts, themes and target groups, as well as current thinking on the role of social safety nets in the broader development agenda.
Natural Disasters : What is the Role for Social Safety Nets?
2011-06, Clay, Edward
The frequency of dramatic natural shocks
around the world is a reminder that governments and the
international community need to do more to prevent and
mitigate the human misery and economic costs that result
from such calamities. Natural disaster risk management is a
multi-sectoral endeavor to mitigate disasters. Social risk
management moves the focus away from the disaster to explore
how the society manages hazards. In this, safety nets can
play a part. Safety nets here refer to income support
programs targeted to the neediest (either as a result of
ongoing poverty or the effect of the disaster itself) as a
preventive measure, and in the recovery and rebuilding
phase; not to emergency relief which is a vital first
response and a different area of expertise. Such programs
can operate through different modalities - cash, kind,
public workfare; be targeted more or less broadly, and be
implemented by a range of actors.