The State of Social Protection in the Context of COVID-19 in Southern Africa: Ten Country Scoping Study Report

This report provides a consolidated account of social protection programmes before and during COVID-19 in 10 Southern African countries, with a thematic emphasis on the informal economy, gender, access to primary healthcare and migration. A total of 53 social assistance programmes were mapped as pre-existing before COVID-19 struck. Of the 53 programmes, Botswana had the most number of programmes (10) while Zimbabwe had the least with only one programme being classified as social assistance in the country. In terms of coverage, the ten countries covered in the assessment had fairly significant coverage of their total population under social assistance programmes with an average coverage of 19.5 per cent across the 8 countries supplying data.