Responding to COVID-19 through Social Protection Systems in the Sahel 2022 Annual Report

WFP and UNICEF jointly implement the Responding to COVID-19 through Social Protection Systems in the Sahel project as support to the Governments of Mali, Mauritania and Niger to respond to the immediate massive needs generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and other shocks through cash transfers and complementary services as well as to strengthen overall national capacities to adapt and build more shock-responsive, nutrition- and child-sensitive social protection systems in the long term. The project initially had an 18-month duration up to January 2022 (Phase I) and was extended to July 2023 (Phase II) to provide additional support, given the continued socioeconomic impact of the pandemic combined with other shocks - including drought, conflict and rising prices. This is the executive summary for the project's annual report covering the last six months of Phase I and the first six months of Phase II (August 2021 - July 2022).The joint project is financed by BMZ through KfW.