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3.2.11 - RT 11: Transitioning out of emergency transfers: what's next for UBI?

The Round-tables allowed organisations working in the field of social protection to propose their topics of interest and engage in an open discussion with experts, while also involving the audience. In these virtual round-tables, current pressing topics derived from experiences with the COVID-19 crisis were discussed by selected experts with a focus on the future of social protection.

This round-table explored how a universal basic income (UBI) can help transition out of emergency cash transfers or temporary measures to palliate the effects of a crisis. Panelists highlighted the challenges of implementing UBI and devised ways of addressing them, including the tradeoffs, the political economy as well as its implications for gender. They concluded that a UBI needs to be put in the context of existing social protection programmes and systems and have clear objectives in the design phase, supported by appropriate delivery modalities. Concrete facts and figures on the financial feasibility of this approach were presented during this round-table, showing that a UBI could be within reach for many countries. Panelists also made a call for more research to be conducted on the benefits of UBI when compared to traditional social protection measures.  

The panel also discussed two concrete country cases - Iran and Colombia – and their experiences with UBI, including their challenges and lessons learned.  

Speakers:  Ugo Gentilini, George Gray Molina, Laura Pabon, Louise Haagh, H.E. Ahmad Meidari 

Moderator: Mansour Ndiaye 

Link to the recording

Link to the recording in Spanish

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