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Blog: Redesigning social protection programs beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

As the pandemic has underscored, social protection programs are critical to ensuring the livelihoods of billions of people, especially during times of crisis. A key challenge governments faced in providing adequate social protection programs during the COVID-19 pandemic was the rollout of emergency safety nets, which included identifying poor households, finding ways to securely make cash transfers, expanding benefits, and renewing program targeting as the pandemic continued to impact economic activity. More than 2 years after the outbreak of the virus, it is essential for governments to assess these challenges and look toward building an enabling environment for more resilient social protection programs.

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