01 December 2022 

United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF;  World Food Programme, WFP; The department for humanitarian aid and civil protection, DG ECHO 

A strong and well-financed social protection system can enable governments to protect households and livelihoods from the worst impacts of shocks and disasters. ‘Pre-arranged finance’ acts as the ‘glue’ that holds credible plans together and makes them strong enough to withstand the complex political economy of disasters. 

Despite the great body of literature about disaster risk finance (DRF) in East Asia and the Pacific, little is known about the practical linkages between DRF and social protection for shock response. To fill this knowledge gap, UNICEF commissioned a stocktaking of experiences in both DRF and shock responsive social protection to assess factors that enable or constrain the effectiveness of risk financing mechanisms for shock responsive social protection in the region. 

The webinar drew on the forthcoming publication ‘Disaster Risk Financing and Social Protection in East Asia and the Pacific – An Assessment of the Evidence on Pre-arranged Finance for Government Support in Disasters’. It is part of the joint UN-project “Scaling up Shock Responsive Social Protection to proactively manage risks before, during and after the impacts of climate shocks and disasters in ASEAN” funded by ECHO. 

Introductory remarks: Davide Zappa, Thematic Expert Disaster Risk Reduction, DG ECHO Regional Office for East, South East Asia and Pacific. 


  • Cecilia Costella, Research team leader 
  • Andrea Rossi, Regional Advisor, Social Policy and Economic Analysis, UNICEF EAPRO 
  • Katerina Sefeti, Programme Policy Officer for Food Security Cluster, WFP Pacific 

Discussant: Daniel Longhurst, Social Protection and Cash Based Transfers Adviser, WFP RBB 

Moderator: Andrea Rossi, Regional Advisor, Social Policy and Economic Analysis, UNICEF EAPRO 

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Attendees: 132


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