Welcome to the August edition of our monthly newsletter!
Women and girls around the world have been suffering the COVID-19 effects like everyone else. But, besides that, they have also been exposed to an increase in cases of domestic violence and child marriages, as consequences of the economic stress and the decrease of families´ incomes caused by the pandemic. Pregnant women have even had difficulties accessing health care due to the collapse of health systems. Social protection measures targeting women and girls, such as Cash Transfers Programmes, are more needed than ever before to guarantee the rights and safety of women and girls in this context. This month, two webinars of our COVID-19 webinar series will focus on this theme.

Below you can find the usual sections of our monthly newsletter, as well as the COVID-19 mapping of social protection measures being implemented all around the world to respond to the emergency.
Enjoy your reading!
Upcoming webinars
Gendered impacts of COVID-19 and social protection responses in rural areas

27 August
14:00 - 15:30 (CEST/GMT+2)

Register now
Past webinars
The “Social protection responses to COVID-19 Webinar Series” already has 22 sessions on multiple approaches and examples of how countries are addressing the social and economic tensions inflicted by the pandemic. It is the result of a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IG, GIZ, and DFAT. You can access all the recordings and presentations of past webinars, and sign up for the ones upcoming here.
Impacts of COVID-19 on care politics

19 May
Online Community
The recently relaunched Gender-Responsive Online Community aims to promote collaboration between social protection and gender practitioners, foster evidence-informed policy dialogue, build political commitments and capacity, and coordinate our efforts to amplify the impact of our work. Besides providing a discussion space, the Community offers its members a curation of webinars, publications and other relevant resources on the theme, including a living, collaborative list of materials on gender and social protection responses to COVID-19. Click here to join the 168 members of this online community!
The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) designed the new e-learning experience e-Coaching on Social Protection: Towards Responsive Systems - Cohort II aiming to enable professionals to better respond to changing social protection needs in the context of COVID-19. The programme encompasses activities related to social protection principles and challenges in the current context, country responses to the pandemic, best practices and lessons learned. The selected applicants will also have access to “real time" online tuition with social protection technical experts and sector specialists. Click here and apply until 21 August.
Extending social protection to migrant workers in Africa: A South-South virtual conference

On 15 and 16 September 2020, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will host a virtual meeting on the role of social protection in supporting migrant workers and their families. The meeting, organised in collaboration with the African Union Commission and socialprotection.org, among other partners, aims to enhance the coordination of south-south cooperation towards improving implementation of frameworks to extend access to social protection and portability of social security benefits to migrant workers. The different COVID-19 response measures that include support to workers and their families will also be discussed. The meeting will be conducted in English, French and Portuguese and simultaneous interpretation will be available. In the upcoming weeks, we will provide you with more information on the programme and registration process. Stay tuned on the platform and on our communication channels.
Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What´s next for Social Protection?
Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers
Chief Executive Officer
Development Pathways | London, England | Apply by 17 August
Senior Research Fellow
ODI | London, England | Apply by 07 September
News, documents and other relevant materials on COVID-19
This section presents relevant materials on social protection responses to COVID-19, as the result of a joint task force, which is producing a newsletter on this subject. We invite you to access and become a member of the initiative's online community. There, you will find high-quality materials on how countries are responding to the pandemic, as well as a discussion space.
East Asia and Pacific
Cambodia Indonesia New Caledonia Philippines Singapore Thailand Regional
Europe and Central Asia
Ireland Scotland Spain United Kingdom Regional
Latin America & Caribbean
Bahamas Brazil Colombia Dominican Republic Ecuador Guatemala Haiti Honduras Nicaragua Regional
Middle East & North Africa
Egypt Jordan Morocco Qatar Somalia State of Palestine Turkey Regional
North America
Canada United States
South Asia
Bangladesh Maldives Regional
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria Sierra Leone South Africa Zambia Regional
This initiative comprises an Online Community, a webinar series and a newsletter, all of which features worldwide efforts on social protection responses to COVID-19. It is a joint effort initiated by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia, in collaboration with the socialprotection.org online platform. All partners and organisations are welcome and strongly encouraged 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].