Building back better: How can Adaptive Social Protection ensure better preparedness for future shocks?

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The use of social protection systems in managing covariate shocks, such as COVID-19, is usually framed conceptually under the term “Adaptive Social Protection” (ASP). Whereas very well elaborated conceptual approaches to Adaptive Social Protection exist, its practical operationalization and learnings from the field, are still not sufficiently distilled, built on and shared among the diverse sectors and actors involved.

Against this background, the Global Program “Social Protection Innovation and Learning” (SPIL) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), applies a multi-stakeholder strategy to disseminating, implementing and further developing the ASP concept via three interrelated areas of action. 

In one of the areas, SPIL fosters global knowledge exchange through a series of webinars bringing together practitioners, leading experts, and policy makers to share and exchange perspectives on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP). The webinar series will focus on different aspects related to the ASP Building Blocks approach and aims at informing the global discourse on building back better systems and better preparedness for future shocks. The entire series will be wrapped up in an international conference at the end of the Program.

This webinar, co-hosted by GIZ and World Bank in cooperation with IPC-IG and socialprotection.org, kicked off the "ASPects – Practice Exchange on ASP" webinar series. The launch event was devised to: 

  • Draw attention to the analytical framework on ASP to examine the ways in which social protection systems can be made more capable of building back better and ensure better preparedness for future shocks such as COVID-19. 
  • Showcase concrete experiences in the operationalization of each building block, and distilling the lessons learned on what it does take to translate into reality the ASP approach and its Building Blocks.
  • Highlight and raise awareness on the upcoming webinar series organized by GIZ to disseminating practical and conceptual knowledge and promoting public policy dialogue around selected aspects of ASP and the Building Blocks. 
The webinar started off with a presentation on the ASP Building Blocks analytical framework as developed by World Bank, and featured diverse voices from practitioners in civil society, academia, international community, and state to comment on the conceptual ASP approach by sharing their concrete experiences in its operationalization. 

 

Speakers
Christian Bodewig, Lead Economist, Social Protection and Jobs, Africa, World Bank
Dr. Ahmad Hamad Abuhaidar, Director of Policies and Strategies, Jordan Ministry of Social Development
Sarah Bailey, Head of Programme WFP Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean   
Dr. Ben Hayes, Strategy Director, AWO

 

Moderator
Ralf Radermacher, Head of Program, Social Protection Innovation and Learning, GIZ 

 

This was the first webinar in the "ASPects – Practice Exchange on ASP" series. These webinars are dedicated to bringing together practitioners, leading experts, and policy makers to share and exchange perspectives on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP). Each webinar within the series will focus on specific practically relevant aspects of one related ASP Building Block (Good Cooperation & Coordination – Social Protection Programmes – Data & Information Systems – Financial Ressources). The series, organised by the GIZ Global Program Social Protection Innovation and Learning (SPIL) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with socialprotection.org and other partners, aims at informing the global public policy dialogue on building back better systems and better preparedness for future shocks.