Thursday, October 1, 2020

Blog: Reaching the 'missing middle': Social protection for informal workers in COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic represents a huge challenge to governments around the globe, not only as a health emergency, but also as a deep economic crisis, affecting both supply and demand. Millions of workers have had their livelihoods and security affected. With formal workers buffered to some extent by the protection provided through their formalized work relations, and the poorest of the poor able to cling to their pre-existing lifeline of governmental social assistance, it was the ‘missing middle’, often uncovered by any protection programmes, that governments had to scramble to reach. Many of the ‘... Read More