UNICEF (2020) SHARE Social Protection and Response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean II Edition: Social Assistance

This Technical Note affords a review of the social protection measures implemented by the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries to respond to the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 health contingency. This document is an update of the first edition dated March 27, 2020, and is organized as follows: the first section presents the context, estimating the possible impact of this crisis on economic growth and poverty in the region; the following section shows the systematized social protection measures taken for the economic emergency; and the third section provides a detailed analysis of the particular response in the social assistance component, with a focus on cash transfers and school feeding programs. Lastly, some reflections and considerations are shared.