Webinar Presentation - Lessons learned and Opportunities: Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 16 April 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic reaches new corners of the globe, its impacts are beginning to cascade on already stretched aid operations in crisis zones. According to the “living paper” of the World Bank on tracking social protection measures taken by governments, as of March 27, 2020, a total of 84 countries have introduced or adapted social protection and jobs programs in response to COVID-19. This is an 87% increase since last week (when countries were just 45), with a total of 283 programs currently in place. Among classes of interventions, social assistance (non-contributory transfers) is the most widely used (including a total of 150 programs), followed by actions in social insurance (91) and supply- side labour market interventions (42). Within social assistance, cash transfer programs are clearly the most widely used intervention by governments (over one-third of total programs, and 65% of social assistance schemes. This webinar has used the research from the World Bank as a starting point and explored entry points and lessons from past experiences on how humanitarian actors can be supporting communities in need by linking/supporting social protection systems and humanitarian cash.