Welcome to the April edition of our monthly newsletter!
World Health Day is observed on 7 April of each year. Last week, we probably faced the most challenging World Health Day yet, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The disease has been pressuring the health sector, the economy and the social protection systems of all countries worldwide.

This is a joint edition of our monthly newsletter, which also features the special edition of our weekly COVID-19 newsletter, bringing together some of our traditional sessions and the mapping with the links to keep you updated of the social protection measures taken all over the world to respond to this crisis. Enjoy your reading!
Upcoming webinars
Lessons learned and Opportunities: Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic

16 April
08:00 - 09:30 (GMT-4/EDT)

Register now
Past webinars
Click here to watch previous sessions of the Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 Webinar Series and learn more about it. You can also be informed of other webinars related to COVID-19 and social protection that we have mapped which are not part of the series by accessing this page on our Online Community.
The socialprotection.org platform has recently launched its first self-paced online course: “Poverty Analysis to Achieve SDGs 1 and 2”. It is offered by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and co-authored and co-sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The course covers multiple inter-sectoral elements and processes that are vital for policy and programme design and implementation in sub-Saharan African countries, in an effort to reach Sustainable Development Goals 1 (end poverty in all its forms everywhere) and 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), especially in rural areas. Click here for more information and to start the course.
Featured Online Community
The sweeping repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak require responses that extend far beyond the health sector, including measures to assist people in need and protect them from falling into poverty due to the pandemic. In this scenario, social protection measures have become more important than ever. Access the COVID-19 Online Community for up-to-date, country-level content on social protection policy and operational measures in response to COVID-19. Join the discussions to share your thoughts and relevant news!
Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers
Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection and Safety Nets) P4
WFP | Cairo | Apply by 06 May
Technical Specialist on Social Protection P4
ILO | Dakar | Apply by 29 April
News, documents and other relevant materials on COVID-19
This session presents relevant materials on social protection responses to COVID-19, as the result of the joint effort which is producing a weekly newsletter on this subject. Learn more about the collaborative initiative here.
East Asia and Pacific
Australia Cambodia China Indonesia South Korea Regional
Europe and Central Asia
Austria Croatia France Ireland Italy Poland Portugal Spain Tajikistan Regional
Latin America & Caribbean
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Panama Paraguay Peru Venezuela Regional
Middle East & North Africa
  • Government Information | Press Realease | April 2020 | Government of Afghanistan (Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations)
Argelia Bahrain Egypt Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Mauritania Morroco Oman Palestine Sudan Tunisia
North America
United States
South Asia
Bangladesh Buthan India Nepal Pakistan Regional
Sub-Saharan Africa
Angola Chad Kenya Mauritius Nigeria Rwanda South Africa South Sudan Togo Uganda Regional
This joint effort is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia, in collaboration with the socialprotection.org online platform.

This initiative comprises an Online Community, a webinar series and a weekly newsletter, all of which features worldwide efforts on social protection responses to COVID-19. It is inspired by colleagues and organisations working to disseminate relevant content on social protection responses to the pandemic.

All partners and organisations are welcome and strongly invited to contribute by sharing knowledge and discussing their findings on social protection responses to the crisis. Learn more on how to collaborate. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to [email protected].

socialprotection.org is an unbranded, member-based platform with more than 5,000 members, offering free access to publications, webinars, multi-language online communities, e-courses and other learning materials to support knowledge-sharing and capacity building in the field of social protection.