Monday, July 8, 2024

Rethinking Social Protection in South Asia: Toward Progressive Universalism

In recent years, South Asia has been beset with an unprecedented combination of negative shocks. In Sri Lanka, an economic crisis on the heels of COVID-19 pushed approximately 3 million people into poverty. In Pakistan, the devastating 2022 floods - a direct result of the country’s vulnerability to climate change - left between 8.4 million and 9.1 million more people in poverty. These impacts have been further amplified by the global fuel and food crises in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And they hit hard those who are already the most vulnerable –women, youth and children. Read More