Maintains - Research supporting social services to adapt to shocks

Maintains is an operational research programme that will develop a stronger evidence base on how countries’ health, education, nutrition, and social protection systems can adapt and expand in response to changing needs during and after shocks, such as floods, droughts, disease outbreaks, population displacements, and pandemics, whilst also continuing to provide existing essential services.

Supporting response

In our Resource Centre you will find evidence and practice gathered by our expert authors and researchers from six focal countries — Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda — which is used to inform policy and practice globally. To help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, our COVID-19 research is supporting governments to respond and recover from this shocking pandemic in real time. Also, check out our News and Blogs for more detailed insight, thoughts, and opinions from our research leaders. Don’t forget that you can follow all our latest news on Twitter so please do like, share, and comment – we’d love to hear your views on all our latest research.

Maintains seeks solutions that promote equitable responses and support inclusion, and explores disaster risk financing options to enable a swift and efficient scaleup across six focus countries.

Ultimately, the programme seeks to improve health, education, nutrition and social protection outcomes for affected populations, especially the poorest and most vulnerable people and therefore play our part in improving response to shocks. We also look at broader areas of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and Disaster Risk Financing.

The five-year programme, launched in 2018, is led by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and funded by UK aid from the UK government. The Aga Khan University, Centre for Humanitarian Change, and Dalan Development Consultants are partners on the project.

Remains of a school destroyed by flooding, near Jacobabad in Pakistan, highlighting the need for humanitarian aid
Remains of a school destroyed by flooding, near Jacobabad in Pakistan.
Credit: Magnus Wolfe-Murray/DFID

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