Responding to COVID-19 through Social Protection Systems in the Sahel 2021 Annual Report

This jointly implemented project supports the Governments of Mali, Mauritania and Niger to provide critical social assistance to populations affected by the impact of COVID-19 in the short and medium term, while strengthening national social protection systems in the medium to long term. Through the project, ‘Responding to COVID-19 through Social Protection Systems in the Sahel’, UNICEF and WFP are providing immediate support for countries to respond to needs generated by the pandemic, as well as helping to strengthen overall national capacities to adapt and build more shock-responsive, nutrition- and child-sensitive social protection systems moving forward.

This executive summary highlights the first year of the project's implementation, from August 2020 to July 2021, which took place against a backdrop of multiple shocks in the three project countries. The joint project is funded by BMZ through KfW.