The IPC-IG participated in a global e-conference on the future of social protection
From 5 to 8 October 2020, IPC-IG researchers joined various other leading experts in the global e-conference "Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What’s next for social protection?", speaking on opening and closing panels and participating in regional and expert panel discussions.
On the first day of the event, the Centre’s staff presented an extensive mapping of countries´ social protection responses to COVID-19, including: design features; linkages with existing programmes; coverage; adequacy, implementation and legal changes; and financing. The mapping showcased countries from Asia and the Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. On the second day, the Centre joined UNICEF ROSA on the virtual booth Technical assistance papers to inform early social protection responses to COVID-19 in South Asia, where they shared studies that informed UNICEF social protection agendas in the early period of the COVID-19 crisis in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. On the last day of activities, IPC-IG's Researcher Coordinator Fabio Veras also moderated Expert Panel Discussion 2: Implications Of The Covid-19 Crisis For Universal Social Protection.
The event was organised by the sociaprotection.org platform. The IPC-IG, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) were part of the Steering Committee. The Conference also counted on the support of the Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19: Expert Advice Helpline (SPACE).
Recordings of the sessions (except for the virtual booth), are available in the links above and in the event’s webpage.