This SLRC briefing paper summarises the findings of a working paper (SLRC Working Paper 8) exploring social protection and basic services (health, education and water) in fragile and conflict-affected situations and finds:
- Evidence on social protection and service delivery in conflict-affected situations is fairly limited and of variable quality.
- The claim that there is a causal link between service delivery and state-building is frequently made but rarely evidenced.
- Gaps remain in the guidance about how to deliver basic services in volatile, low capacity situations, particularly in relation to comparative costs and programme effectiveness.
Slater, R.; Mallett, R.; Carpenter, S. Social protection and basic services in conflict-affected situations: what do we know? SLRC Briefing Paper 2. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK (2012) 4 pp.