Welcome to the July edition of our monthly newsletter!
Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan.
The recognition and use of social protection as an effective tool in fragile and conflict-affected contexts is gaining momentum globally. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces urgent and complex crises, affecting increasingly vulnerable groups—including refugees, internally displaced people, women, and children. To date, social assistance has been largely based on subsidies, which are being progressively replaced by targeted social protection schemes within a larger context of subsidy reforms. New programmes are yet to meet the coverage previously achieved by subsidies and cannot yet effectively address the urgent needs of the region’s affected populations (UNICEF and IPC-IG 2019). 

This month’s newsletter presents recent content providing insights into meeting MENA’s social protection demands in the contexts of State fragility, humanitarian crises, limited fiscal space, and resource insecurity. These lessons and best practices are relevant to other regions facing similar challenges. 

We are also pleased to announce the launch of our USP2030 webinar series, the first webinar series designed exclusively by the socialprotection.org team, organized in collaboration with IPC-IG. This series will bring together a variety of practitioners and experts to discuss key topics involving universal social protection programmes and policies, from their current state to possible challenges and opportunities. We hope you find value in this content and can learn further about the topic!
Upcoming Webinar
Universal social protection in the context of the SDGs – where are we now?
socialprotection.org IPC-IG

18 July

15:00 - 16:30 (GMT+2)
Register now
Universal social protection: achievements, challenges and opportunities
socialprotection.org IPC-IG

25 July

10:00 - 11:30 (GMT)
Register now
Past Webinar
Programme Profiles
Check out our social protection programme profiles from the MENA region! Also, click here to access a report with a compilation of these profiles.
No excuses: Filling the evidence gap on social assistance in humanitarian settings 
by Pedro Magalhães (14 June 2019)
Children’s Right to Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa: An analysis of legal frameworks from a child-rights perspective
by Anna Carolina da Silva (17 October 2018)
Featured Online Community
The Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) online community has recently been updated with outputs from the MENA Project Webinar Series and research projects. Become a member to gain access to the latest content on social protection in the MENA region and connect with fellow policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to exchange best practices and knowledge.
Find out more about our stakeholders’ work in the MENA region:
  • MENASP Network supports quality research on crucial social policy issues, such as pension reform in the Middle East, youth unemployment in Egypt, child poverty in North Africa, humanitarianism in Lebanon and social assistance in Jordan, among many other topics. 
9 July 2019
Tunisia secures $175 million (in loans) from World Bank to invest in startups and digitization of social security and education systems
5 July 2019
Egypt's PM monitors implementation of new transport fares after recent fuel hike
4 July 2019
How lifting fuel subsidies can help achieve social justice
Job Opportunities
Policy Brief on Feasibility of a Universal National Child Grant – National Consultancy | Damascus, Syria | Apply by 21 July
Upcoming Events
Regional Workshop on Poverty Measurement in Arab countries
23-25 July (Tunis, Tunisia)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA
As we launch the USP2030 Webinar Series, with the first webinar occurring on the 18th, we invite you to follow our social media channels and stay tuned to socialprotection.org!