An important element of social protection systems are regulatory frameworks. The absence of a legal framework for social protection leaves individuals and communities in need exposed to arbitrary decision-making and political change. A strong statutory basis which recognises social protection as a right ensures accountable institutions and enables individuals to make legitimate claims and enforce their rights, thus creating legal awareness, which is central to the legal empowerment of the most vulnerable members of society.
This report documents the ongoing policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis in South Asia and lessons that can be drawn for the future of social protection in the region.
The United Nations (UN) and Maldives on Thursday signed a project document on digitialising social services in order to better protect women and girls from poverty and violence during emergency situations.
Slide presentation of the webinar held on 22 October 2020. Some core questions addressed in this webinar included:
Before elaborating a paper series on Covid-responsive Social Protection Landscapes in South Asia, the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia and the IPC-IG have developed a paper series on Regular Social Protection Landscapes in the region.
This advocacy paper builds on the impacts the Covid-19 crisis has had on different job sectors in the Maldives and expands on the reasons why certain vulnerable groups should be given priority during the social protection response to the pandemic. A variety of coverage and cost protections for such a response are provided, taking different household compositions, income levels and other intersecting factors into account.
New insights on poverty and vulnerability are triggering significant changes in government policy in South Asia. As a result, social protection interventions are emerging as a key policy element across the region. Social Protection in South Asia: A Review describes the most significant programmes in place in each of the eight South Asian countries. It maps out the social protection agenda, as well as programme aims, design, scale and coverage. It highlights some of the innovations, and summarises information from formal evaluations as available.
COVID-19 is posing an unprecedented challenge to countries' social protection systems. Informal workers are particularly at risk, as they often represent the 'missing middle', covered by neither social assistance nor social insurance. In a recent policy brief, the IPC-IG and UNICEF ROSA analyse the economic fallout from the crisis and the policy measures taken in eight South Asian countries, and advocate for the inclusion of the missing middle in mainstream social protection. This One Pager summarises the study’s findings for Maldives.