Welcome to our May Newsletter!
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are more than 2 billion informal workers in the world, most of which are in developing countries. With the COVID-19 crisis and high unemployment numbers, the rates of informality in the labour market are on the rise. In addition to being the most vulnerable and heavily affected by the consequences of the pandemic, workers in the informal economy have been left out of many social protection programmes created by governments in response to COVID-19. 

The ongoing crisis is an opportunity to re-evaluate existing labour inequalities and the ways in which governments and other organisations can support this important portion of the population. In this month’s issue we selected materials that seek to provide a more in-depth knowledge about informal workers and their relationship with social protection systems and programmes.
Upcoming Webinar
Emerging practice on coverage and inclusion of migrant workers in social protection systems in Asia-Pacific during COVID-19

18 May
18:00 (GMT+8)
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Child Care Services and Women’s Work
WIEGO | South Africa - Department of Social Development | AfECN | PSI | IDWF | UN Women

20 May
12:30 (UTC)
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Building back better: How can Adaptive Social Protection ensure better preparedness for future shocks?
IPC-IG | GIZ | World Bank Group

25 May
14:00 (CEST/GMT+2)
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Past Webinars
New OECD Database: Informality and Social Protection (KIIbIH) - Launch & Discussion
OECD Development Centre

11 May 2021

Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on employment: (potential) solutions for informal/ self-employed workers

21 April 2020
Blog posts
Making India’s Social Protection Shock Responsive: Lessons from PDS amid COVID-19
By Rituparna Sanyal and Shraddha Shrivastava 

How COVID-19 Is Widening Inequality in Developing Countries
By J Brett
Informal Economy Podcast: Social Protection - #10 The Future of Work and the Missing Middle
Key Indicators of Informality based on Individuals and their Households (KIIbIH) database
OECD Development Centre

Building upon household surveys, the recently launched KIIbIH database provides comparable indicators and harmonised data on informal employment, well-being of informal workers and their dependents. It currently covers 42 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
New COVID-19 page
We invite you to visit the recently launched COVID-19 page within our platform. This new page was developed to serve as a one-stop-shop for key information on social protection responses to the pandemic crisis. It reunites important materials produced by different stakeholders on the field, providing access to curated content on diverse formats.
Listen to the second episode of the monthly 'Social Protection Podcast' series, discussing economic inclusion programmes, with real-life examples and recent findings to illustrate the challenges, lessons learned and best practices of economic inclusion programmes. This episode features Lauren Whitehead (BRAC); Colin Andrews (World Bank); and Fazley Elahi Mahmud (DFAT).

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Social Protection and Rural Poverty micro-course

When designed, implemented, and coordinated appropriately, social protection can generate a broad range of positive outcomes on poor and vulnerable households and individuals. This course focuses on multiple dimensions and drivers of rural poverty and inequality, reflecting on how social protection can contribute to inclusive rural transformation and rural poverty reduction. 
Online Communities
The socialprotection.org platform has updated the layout of its Online Communities (OC).This new environment delivers a more friendly user experience and soon provide new collaborative tools to facilitate work and knowledge sharing. Explore the new OCs.

Featured online community

The Social Protection for Employment – Community (SPEC) fills in the knowledge gap regarding social protection and employment initiatives as well as facilitate South-South learning by using innovative instruments. Recently, the community made available a series of infographics on employment generation programmes linked to social protection.

Job Opportunities
Social Affairs Officer 
ESCAP | New Delhi | Apply until 16 May

Social Protection Consultant (Retainer)
UN Women | Home-based | Apply until 16 May

Consultancy: Analysis of lessons learned and key enablers in CVA preparedness to respond to shocks in Central America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic
CaLP | Remote | Apply until 25 May