Ep. 1 | Women in Leadership during the COVID-19 crisis

This month, March, marks a year since COVID-19 swept over the globe, and triggered the first waves of closures and lockdowns in many countries. It has been a big year for social protection, as governments, international organisations and communities raced to extend safety nets to the many millions of people who lost work or became more vulnerable due to the pandemic.

In our first episode of the Social Protection Podcast, we look at the challenges and lessons of COVID-19 from a practitioner perspective. You’ll hear from four women leaders in the social protection community, who have spent the last year responding to economic, employment and health crises wrought by the pandemic. Featuring:

  • Cecilia Mbaka, Secretary for Social Development for the Government of Kenya.
  • Carmen Roca, WIEGO coordinator in Lima City, Peru.
  • Sri Kusumastuti Rahayu, leader of the Social Protection Policy Team at the Secretariat for the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Indonesia.
  • Dr Hania Sholkamy, Associate Research Professor in the Center for Social Research at the American University in Cairo.

Plus! Our monthly round up of ‘Quick Wins’, highlighting news, achievements and research that have sparked our interest.

Quick Wins from Charlotte Bilo, from the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth:

Don’t Let Another Crisis Go to Waste: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Imperative for a Paradigm Shift”, by James Heintz, Silke Saab and Laura Turquet

COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker” from UNDP and UNWomen.

Poverty Unpacked podcast, hosted by Keetie Roelen at the Institute of Development Studies.