Issue #1 | 25 March 2020
Due to the impacts of the recent COVID-19 outbreak on social and economic development worldwide, we are taking specific actions to collaboratively inform and provide updates on how countries are responding to the pandemic, and promote an open space for discussions on how to tackle the crisis.
This joint effort is inspired by colleagues and organisations working to disseminate the most recent content on social protection responses to COVID-19. It includes this weekly special edition of our newsletter, featuring a compilation of news, op-eds and blogs from all over the world (in their original language) on social protection initiatives dealing with COVID-19, weekly webinars to foster discussions and exchanges, and an Online Community to systematise the information gathered on the topic.
Everyone is invited to join and collaborate. Learn how here
Upcoming Webinar on COVID-19
Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID response and beyond
World Bank Group Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice

31 March
09:00 (GMT-4/EDT)
Register now
News, op-eds and blogs
East Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Albania Armenia Cyprus Denmark Estonia France Germany Hungary Ireland Italy Netherlands North Macedonia Portugal Romania Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Uzbekistan Europe
Latin America & Caribbean
Argentina Bolívia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador Jamaica México Panamá Peru Uruguay Venezuela LAC
Middle East & North Africa
Algeria Egypt Lebanon Qatar Republic of Bahrain
North America
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Online Community
The sweeping repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak require responses that extend far beyond the health sector, including measures to assist people in need and protect them from falling into poverty due to the pandemic. In this scenario, social protection measures have become more important than ever. Access the COVID-19 Online Community for up-to-date, country-level content on social protection policy and operational measures in response to COVID-19. Join the discussions to share your thoughts and relevant news!

This joint effort is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia, in collaboration with the online platform. All partners and organisations are welcome and strongly invited to contribute by sharing knowledge and discussing their findings on social protection responses to the crisis. Learn more on how to collaborate here.
If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to: 
[email protected] is an unbranded, member-based platform with more than 5,000 members, offering free access to publications, webinars, multi-language online communities, e-courses and other learning materials to support knowledge-sharing and capacity building in the field of social protection.