Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond


Universal basic income (UBI) is emerging as a hotly-debated issue in social protection. Currently, the debate is reaching new heights as countries are considering UBI as part of COVID-19 response packages. Drawing from a recent book on the subject, the webinar reviewed key issues and evidence on UBI as a social protection measure; identified emerging lessons from a variety of cross-country experiences; and reflected on its potential and limitations as a crisis response as well as longer-term intervention.


Ugo Gentilini, World Bank


Francesca Bastagli, ODI


Fábio Veras Soares, IPC-IG


This is the first webinar of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar series. The series is a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IGGIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaboration with the socialprotection.org platform, and in cooperation with partners from different organisations. Join our online community ''Social protection responses to COVID-19 [Task force]'' to learn more about the initiative and future webinars.