Webinar - How can social protection systems respond to the COVID-19 crisis?

Dear members,


We would like to invite you for the second webinar of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar series, to occur on April 7 at 06:00 EDT/GMT-4: How can social protection systems respond to the COVID-19 crisis? To register, you can clik here.

One of the distinguishing traits of the COVID-19 crisis is the extent to which the public health response accelerates the pandemic’s social and economic consequences. This characteristic, combined with the grave epidemiological shock and severe impact on livelihoods, defines the coronavirus triple threat.

On one hand, this webinar aims at presenting a comprehensive framework to explore how various countries are using their existing social protection systems to address the COVID-19 crisis. By identifying core cross-cutting themes and overarching questions this will also set the framework for upcoming webinars within this series.

On the other hand, the webinar explores how integrated social protection interventions can contribute to a more comprehensive response to tackle the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis, with three pillars:

  1. strengthening public health systems,
  2. providing support to livelihoods, and
  3. enabling a combination treatment that reinforces the first two pillars while building developmental synergies that can reduce the long-term costs of the new seclusion society.


Valentina Barca, Independent Consultant

Michael Samson, Research Director, the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)


Christoph Strupat, Senior researcher in the Programme of "Sustainable Economic and Social Development", German Development Institute (DIE)


Lisa Hannigan, Senior Social Protection Specialist / Director, Social Protection Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia


The series is a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IGGIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaboration with the platform, and in cooperation with partners from different organisations. Join our online community ''Social protection responses to COVID-19 [Task force]'' to learn more about the initiative and the future webinars.