Financing shock responsive social protection systems


Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), the Social Protection and Public Finance Management Programme seeks to strengthen national social protection systems, including through improved linkages with public finance management and their increased financial sustainability. The Programme approach is to support countries to build universal social protection systems and ensure that these systems are risk-informed, resilient and adaptable to respond to shocks and facilitate transitions through evidence and analysis. In partner countries, building shock-responsive systems ranged from providing emergency cash transfers, convening key stakeholders through national workshops to set priorities and agenda for building shock-responsive systems, assessing the COVID-19 responses, and strengthening enhancing delivery mechanisms, including national social registries.

As part of its knowledge exchange and communications initiative, the Programme is organizing a series of webinars to learn from country experiences and contribute to the international debate on innovative solutions to increase financing for strengthening national social protection systems to achieve universal coverage for all. This webinar, second in a series, presented concrete experiences on innovative options for financing building adaptive, responsive and resilient social protection systems. 

The webinar started with a presentation that provides insight into the Programme’s approach to strengthening social protection systems and making them more resilient to shocks. This was followed by country experiences. 



Doerte Bosse, Head of Sector for horizontal coordination, social protection and disabilities, European Union Directorate-General for International Partnerships

Céline Peyron Bista, SP&PFM Chief Technical Adviser, ILO

Nupur Kukrety, Social Policy Specialist UNICEF

Carlos Galian, Technical Officer, Social Protection Financing, ILO

Bruno Deceukelier, WSM Asia Coordinator

Getachew Berhanu Kebede, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF


Moderator: Namrata Saraogi, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF


This was the second webinar of the Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management series, organised by the Social Protection and Public Finance Management Programme (SP&PFM Programme).