How can social protection systems respond to the COVID-19 crisis?


One of the distinguishing traits of the COVID-19 crisis is the extent to which the public health response accelerates the pandemic’s social and economic consequences. This characteristic, combined with the grave epidemiological shock and severe impact on livelihoods, defines the coronavirus triple threat.

On one hand, this webinar aimed at presenting a comprehensive framework to explore how various countries are using their existing social protection systems to address the COVID-19 crisis. By identifying core cross-cutting themes and overarching questions this session also sets the framework for upcoming webinars within this series.

On the other hand, the webinar explored how integrated social protection interventions can contribute to a more comprehensive response to tackle the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis, with three pillars:

  1. strengthening public health systems,
  2. providing support to livelihoods, and
  3. enabling a combination treatment that reinforces the first two pillars while building developmental synergies that can reduce the long-term costs of the new seclusion society.


Valentina Barca, Independent Consultant

Michael Samson, Research Director, the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)


Christoph Strupat, Senior researcher in the Programme of "Sustainable Economic and Social Development", German Development Institute (DIE)


Lisa Hannigan, Senior Social Protection Specialist / Director, Social Protection Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia


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This was the second 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 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 the future webinars.