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Helping South Asia Cope Better with Natural Disasters: The Role of Social Protection

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  • Rasmus Heltberg
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    Social protection (income) support to households in the wake of major natural disasters is assuming a growing role for the World Bank, and major cash transfers in Turkey, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Pakistan are reviewed in this article. Such support is usually best provided directly as cash to affected households; it complements other relief and reconstruction efforts, is demanded by client countries and has a positive impact on short-term food security and long-term recovery. It could be geared for greater impact and more efficient delivery in future by the use of a best-practice toolkit and a right-on-time technical assistance facility, and its integration in emergency preparedness and capacity-building for implementing agencies. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 681-698

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:6:p:681-698

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