Welcome to our April Newsletter!
Universal Social Protection (USP) is central for achieving SDG 1.3 which aims to implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and vulnerable.

Through a system of policies and programmes, USP can promote access to social protection measures and protect people against poverty and other risks to their lives and well-being. It also helps countries to be better prepared for crises and shocks. In this issue of our monthly newsletter, we selected contents that seek to strengthen the capacity of countries to scale up USP policies, taking the lessons learnt brought by the current COVID-19 crisis.
Upcoming Webinar
Keeping recipients of humanitarian cash and social protection informed – the importance of outreach and communications

15 April
13:00 (BST/GMT+1)
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Past Webinars
From COVID-19 Response to Broader Social Protection Reform – Regional Experiences
SDG Joint Fund | UN Multi-Country Office in Barbados

04 February 2021

Strengthening social contracts in South Asia in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis: the adequacy of social protection responses in the short term and the future role of universal social protection
IPC-IG | UNICEF | Development Pathways

25 June 2020
Past Livestream
Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030

05 February 2019
A new feature is available on the socialprotection.org platform. In late March, we launched our Podcasts section. To highlight this new development, we have created the ‘Social Protection Podcast’ series. Every month, a new episode will showcase interviews and discussions on key issues of social protection.

In the first episode, “Women in Leadership during the COVID-19 crisis”, you will hear from four women who will discuss challenges and lessons brought by the pandemic. Listen to the episode now.

Subscribe to our podcast mailing list to receive information and updates on upcoming episodes and series. If you have done it already but did not receive the email we sent on 26 March, it is because you are already registered to our webinars or newsletter lists. In this case, click on the button below and fill out the form. Then, once you press “subscribe” in the form page you will need also to update your preferences by clicking on the link that says “Please click here and update your profile to receive information about our podcasts as well”.
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On the last day of the Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What´s next for Social Protection?”, an expert panel discussed the implications of COVID-19 for USP and how to sustain the social protection responses that have emerged during this crisis in the long term.

Also, to further disseminate the outcomes of the event, new resources originated from its discussions are now available: we have produced, together with the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), an issue of the Policy in Focus (PIF) magazine and a short video series that illustrates the main debates of the e-conference.

Access the PIF featuring countries’ responses and discussions on adaptive and universal social protection.

Watch the video series, sponsored by the GIZ, that illustrates the debates held throughout the e-conference.  One of the videos focuses on the discussions about USP held during the event.
What’s next for USP2030?
by Mira Bierbaum

In 02 March 2021, the second membership assembly of the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection took place. The partnership is a joint initiative started by the World Bank and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2016.

In this blog post, Mira Bierbaum presents the mains reflections presented in the event. She highlights the key issues for achieving Universal Social Protection in the context of the 2030 Agenda (USP 2030). Specially during the current COVID-19 crisis, financing and delivery mechanisms have gained considerable attention and were reflected on the discussions about the next steps for USP2030.

Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
COVID-19 Resources
The Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 online community is being updated frequently, and remains a valuable tool for the social protection community to find and share resources related to responses to the pandemic. Below you will find some recent content related to this newsletter's theme: If you wish to contribute to the Online Community’s materials and resources, send your suggestions to our team: [email protected]
Job Opportunities
Social Protection Policy Specialist
UNDP | New York | Apply until 20 April

Senior Social Protection Specialist for MENA region
Development Pathways | London, UK | Apply until 27 April

Programme Policy Officer
Dushanbe, Tajikistan  | Apply until 30 April