Expanding and upgrading social protection measures for informal workers

The emergence of COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge for governments around the world. Initially no one knew the magnitude of the crisis or the extent of the interventions required to respond to the broad range of problems created, from health to production, finance and through to labour. In this brief, we look at cases where the sustainability of emergency government relief has been enhanced by extending the duration of initial short-term grants, as in the case of Colombia, Singapore and Brazil, or by thinking about making them permanent, as in South Africa, or by changing the nature of the relief offered (from a loan to a grant), as in the case of Sri Lanka, as well as how these movements have provided opportunities to push for further changes in policy.