In response to the Covid-19 crisis, an unprecedented number of social protection measures have been announced by countries worldwide. Policy adjustments and innovations under way include efforts to address social protection gaps and expand support in the immediate instance. They also hold potential to strengthen social protection in the long-term.
This research project examines social protection measures adopted since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, with the aims of promoting policy learning and helping ensure countries are better equipped with inclusive, adaptive and sustainable social protection systems moving forward. The research addresses the following sets of questions:
- Evidence of social protection Covid-19 crisis response implementation: beyond policy announcements, what has been delivered in practice?
- How effective have these measures been in terms of timely and adequate crisis response, specifically for adversely affected population groups (women, informal workers, urban households, refugees)?
- What are the implications of such crisis response measures for medium- to long-term social protection system strengthening?
- What are the emerging policy lessons for adaptive social protection moving forward?
One year on from the first announcements of lockdown measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, this event brought together leading experts and policymakers to discuss the findings emerging from this study and wider evidence to share policy learning to date. It asked: is the crisis a turning point in social protection? On the basis of policy developments and evidence to date, is the pandemic opening the door for a reappraisal of investment in social protection, as suggested by some? If so, what are the policy priorities for governments and partners moving forward to help ensure the strengthening of social protection systems?
Francesca Bastagli, Director, Equity and Social Policy, ODI
Armando Barrientos, Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
Bessie Msusa, Chief Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Social Protection Division at the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Malawi
Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant of the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Pakistan
Lynette Maart, National Director, Black Sash, South Africa
Ugo Gentilini, Global Lead Social Assistance, World Bank
Look out for our upcoming podcast series on socialprotection.org where we will also explore the research findings in more depth.
- Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationala Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
- Social Protection Approaches to Covid-19: Expert advice