Issue #23 | 24 September 2020
The initiative 'Social Protection Responses to COVID-19' will finish with a flourish during the Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: what´s next for Social Protection” that will take place on 5, 6 and 8 October 2020. Therefore, this is the last issue of our special newsletter. The related online community will still be an active space for knowledge sharing and discussions on the theme and we encourage all of you to share relevant content and insights through this tool. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who has collaborated with this initiative. We hope to see you at our Global e-Conference. Please sign up to participate, if you have not done it yet.
Upcoming Webinars on COVID-19
Profile of pre-COVID-19 social protection system of India and Pakistan and a snapshot of their COVID-19 responses

24 September
09:00 (GMT-4)

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Past Webinars on COVID-19
Rethinking economic inclusion for the poorest in the COVID-19 context

03 September
GBV & Social Protection in COVID-19 and beyond – evidence & emerging practice

10 September
In conversation: linking humanitarian cash and social protection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: successes and challenges in ensuring inclusive responses

17 September
Embedding localisation in the COVID-19 response

22 September
Sign up for the Global e-Conference “Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: what’s next for social protection?” 

Registrations are now open for's Global e-Conference 'Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: what's next for social protection?' which will take place on 5, 6 and 8 October 2020. Side events will also be held on 7 October. The aim of the e-conference is to provide an opportunity to evaluate, share experiences and learn about social protection responses to COVID-19, as well as discuss the future of social protection in a post-pandemic scenario.

On the event´s second day, there will be thematic clinics where experts will offer tailored advice on specific practical issues related to design and implementation of social protection responses to COVID-19. You can already send your questions by clicking on
this link, choosing the clinic you want to send questions for, and clicking on the link "Q&A – Question Submissions"! Don´t forget to also sign up for each clinic you want to participate, by accessing it on the event´s programme. Please, note that each clinic will take place at two different times during the day to allow global participation.

Several crucial questions regarding the future of social protection programmes and systems have emerged over the last few months, which will assist in framing the discussions in this online event:

  • How to rapidly and effectively extend the coverage of social protection schemes to those not yet covered, to support them in the wake of the present health crisis and beyond (coverage)?
  • Which additional measures or services are needed to meet the diverse needs of different segments of the population, both immediately and in the future (comprehensiveness)?
  • How can we ensure that people’s needs are adequately covered, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond (adequacy)?
  • What does it take to react in a timely manner (before any negative coping strategies are adopted) and provide predictable, timely support to affected population groups (timeliness and predictability)?
  • How can we make cost-effective use of all available resources for social protection responses during times of crisis (cost-effectiveness), including working more productively across sectors (e.g. alongside humanitarian and disaster risk management actors)?
  • What must be done to guarantee the rights and interests of all affected population groups when designing and implementing social protection responses during times of crisis (accountability to affected populations)?
  • How can we ensure that the impacts and lessons learned from social protection responses to COVID-19 can be sustained in the long run (sustainability)?
  • More broadly, what systems and processes along the social protection delivery chain do we need to prepare in the future, to ensure that all the objectives above can be effectively met in time for the next shock (outreach, registration, enrolment, payments, information systems, etc.)?

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Online Community
The COVID-19 outbreak requires responses that extend far beyond the health sector, including measures to assist people in need and protect them from falling into poverty. We suggest that you regularly visit the COVID-19 Online Community for up-to-date content on social protection policies and operational measures taken worldwide in response to the pandemic. Since the beginning of this initiative, the Community has been accessed more than 25,000 times. Become a member and keep participating in the discussions and sharing your thoughts!

This initiative comprises an Online Community, a webinar series and a newsletter, all of which feature worldwide social protection responses to COVID-19. This is a joint effort initiated by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (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 encouraged to contribute by sharing knowledge, joining and promoting discussion on this important topic. Learn more on how to collaborate. If you have any questions and/or suggestions, please send an email to [email protected].