Asian Development Bank, ADB

Session 1C: Shaping Social Protection in a Post-Pandemic World: Bridging Social Assistance, Social Insurance, and Labor Market Policies

Comprehensive social protection protects individuals and households from social and economic risks and vulnerabilities throughout the life cycle, through a coherent combination of social assistance, social insurance, and labor market programs. This session invited leading global thinkers and practitioners to share their insights on how these instruments of social protection should work together to address poverty and vulnerability, build resilience, and promote productive employment. Experts highlighted lessons from the scale up of cash transfers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the promise of digital cash transfers, opportunities and mechanisms for extending social protection to informal workers, and innovations in linking social assistance with labor market programs that promote skills development.