Why are human rights considerations fundamental to social protection responses to COVID-19?


We are at an unprecedented moment in history. The actions we take now amid this unfolding global crisis will shape the future of millions of people around the world for years to come. Never has the need for a human rights-based approach to social protection been more urgent as in times of COVID-19. This approach entails framing social protection debates and policy decisions around entitlements rather than charity or handouts.

In this webinar, our panellists discussed human rights considerations to the social protection response to COVID-19, and why a rights-based approach is more important than ever. In particular, our speakers have brought a contextual analysis to the debate drawing on examples from UN agencies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia.



Alexandra Barrantes, Senior Social Protection Specialist, Development Pathways 

Abdul Alim, Social Policy Advisor, Unicef South Asia

Simone Cecchini, Senior Social Affairs Officer, ECLAC



Shea McClanahan, Senior Social Protection Specialist, Development Pathways


This was the twenty-second webinar of the “Social protection responses to COVID-19” webinar seriesThe 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 socialprotection.org 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 future webinars.