2020
Language:
English

Webinar Presentation: Profiles of the social protection systems of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan prior to COVID-19 and snapshots of their responses to the pandemic

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 20 August 2020This webinar discussed social protection trends in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-authors of the comparative reports discussed the various pre-crisis social protection landscapes and reflected on how COVID-19 has impacted the countries and their emergency responses, they also presented potential paths ahead. These discussions were complemented by presentations from UNICEF social protection specialists that brought up-to-date information about COVID-19 responses by national governments and international organisations, and also shed some light on UNICEF’s agenda for the different countries. Questions addressed in this webinar included:

  • What were the core features connecting legal, fiscal and programme-level features of social protection programmes and policies in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before the COVID-19 crisis?
  • How did the COVID-19 crisis and the responses deployed to mitigate its impacts alter the social protection landscape in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan?
  • Which social protection agendas rose to greatest prominence in the transition to the current pandemic scenario in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan?
  • Which upcoming social protection agendas are geared towards addressing the structural and circumstantial challenges faced by the social protection systems of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan?