Conflict Sensitivity Analysis of Social Protection
We conducted a conflict sensitivity analysis of Social Protection (SP) programmes in four focal states – Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara, and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), with funding from Save the Children International (SCI). In collaboration with our sister organization Idmibok International, we are carried out an assessment to understand the degree of interaction between SP programmes and conflict, as well as identify and recommend best practices for conflict sensitive programming, in relation to SP programming. These states suffer from violent conflicts occasionally, which may negatively impact SP programmes. Thus, it is important to explore avenues that promote, and contribute to peace, without doing harm. Moreso, by unveiling local drivers of social cohesion and mediation, this conflict sensitivity assessment will inform the development of a strategy that ensures that Save the Children’s work in supporting state governments social protection contribute effectively to social cohesion in these states
Thus, we utilized primary and secondary research methods for the assessment, our team conducted thorough desk reviews, as well as developed and deployed qualitative research instruments for Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs). Researchers were deployed to each state, and they were supported by research assistants. The KIIs and FGDs were conducted simultaneously across the four focal states. Findings from the assessment uncovered the major causes and drivers of conflict. They include political marginalization and exclusion, poverty and unemployment, uneven allocation of resources, social and religious extremism, among others. Furthermore, SP programmes have improved the living and economic conditions of locals, as observed in the states, but they are poorly designed and implemented, thus, causing efficiency gaps.
We recommend conflict sensitivity be integrated into the overall Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system for SP programmes; Capacity building on conflict sensitivity for SP program staff should also be adopted diligently. In addition, there should be a deliberate effort to link SP programme policy and implementation to conflict prevention, management, and exclusion.