Welcome to our July Newsletter!
Although the concepts of shock responsive and adaptive social protection (SRSP and ASP) are relatively new, they have been gaining unparalleled importance since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. While SRSP focuses on the rapid response of social protection in times of shocks to reduce the burden on the humanitarian systems and build national systems, ASP promotes resilience and prepares people for the impacts of climate change. 

Both approaches are essential before, during and after shocks, especially to protect those most vulnerable to negative impacts of global challenges. To deepen your knowledge and inspire reflections on the uses and the future of SRSP and ASP, check out a selection of text, audio, and video content, including webinars, publications, blogs, dashboards, podcasts, and much more. Enjoy!
Upcoming Webinar
Leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation in Advancing Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the context of COVID-19

15 July
08:00 (GMT-4)
Register now
Adaptive Social Protection, Decentralization, Localization: Challenges and opportunities for good governance in social protection delivery
GIZ | World Bank Group | SPACE | IPC-IG

03 August
14:00 (GMT+2/CEST)
Register now
Past Webinars
Building back better: How can Adaptive Social Protection ensure better preparedness for future shocks?
GIZ | World Bank | IPC-IG

25 May 2021

Towards shock-responsive social protection: lessons from the COVID-19 response in six countries
Maintains | OPM

24 June 2021

Taking stock at the one-year mark: social protection during COVID-19 and beyond

25 March 2021

Upcoming event
High-level Political Forum (HLPF) side event: Decade of Action to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030
12 July, 07:30 - 09:00 (EDT)

This 90-minute session will discuss why universal social protection is critical to the success of the 2030 Agenda and how social protection can prevent long-term poverty traps as a result of the ongoing crisis. The event will be held in English, with live Spanish and French translation.
Discover other publications on SRSP and ASP 
Adaptive Social Protection (micro-course)

Learn to recognise ASP as a dedicated focus area within the wider field of social protection and identify the ways in which social protection systems can be adapted to build the resilience of poor and vulnerable households before, during and after shocks. The course requires three hours of learning time to complete. 
Introduction to ILO/PENSIONS for actuarial modelling in social security (e-learning)

This free course will take place between 02 August and 06 August. It aims to introduce the new ILO Actuarial Pension Model (ILO/PENSIONS), presenting its conceptual and methodological bases. The training will include the use of the online tool to carry out practical exercises of parametric pension reforms. 
Blog posts
Putting the furthest behind first
by Jeffrey Maganya (Oxfam) and Julie Kedroske (BRAC UPGI)
Making India’s Social Protection Shock Responsive: Lessons from PDS amid COVID-19
by Rituparna Sanyal (OPM) and Shraddha Shrivastava (Fractal)
#whatsnextforSP video series | Adaptive Social Protection
GIZ short video | Adaptive Social Protection
COVID-19 and Human Development: Exploring global preparedness and vulnerability

Policies to reduce vulnerabilities and build capacities to tackle crises, both in the short and long term, are vital to enable individuals and societies to better withstand and recover from shocks. Two UNDP dashboards look at how prepared 189 countries are for a crisis like COVID-19 and how vulnerable they are.
Programme Profile
Check out the Social Protection for the Sustainable Development Goals Joint Programme (SP4SDG) from Malawi that uses an innovative Shock-Sensitive Social Protection (SSSP) prototype. It is a UN Joint Programme that aims to support the local government to enhance the social protection system to meet emergency food needs and reduce the vulnerability of those most at risk. 
Featured Online Community
The ‘Social Protection in Crisis Contexts’ Online Community (OC) addresses adaptive social protection, shock-responsive social protection, social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement, cash-based safety nets in humanitarian contexts, among other topics. Become a member to be able to post and share content in the OC.
The Social Protection Podcast is producing the special six-part series ‘Covid-19: A turning point for social protection?’ in partnership with ODI and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). Check out the four previous episodes and stay tuned for the upcoming ones on 16 and 23 July.  In every episode, a lead author of one of the papers in the ODI research project on lessons learned for ASP will be invited to share their thoughts on the current state of social protection measures while trying to answer the guiding question: can this crisis help strengthen social protection in the long term?

Access the series of publications that inspired the podcast.
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Job Opportunities
Technical Advisor I - Cash Working Group Technical Co-Chair
CRS | Maiduguri, Nigeria | Apply until 29 July

Intern - social sciences - (statistical analysis) Poverty reduction, Inequality and Social Protection
ESCAP | Bangkok, Thailand | Apply until 30 July

Technical Advisor
BRAC | Remote | Apply until 01 August