Support to social protection knowledge production and policy analysis in the MENA region

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This project aimed at supporting the production of knowledge in the field of social protection and providing policy analysis in all 20 countries in the MENA region. The Centre also provided Technical Support Activities to UNICEF Country Offices.


Middle East and North Africa

Djibouti , Iran , Lebanon , Morocco , Tunisia , Sudan

Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Other Thematic Areas

Inclusive Growth

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty , SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Project Results

Knowledge production, knowledge sharing and technical assistance


Between January 2017 and April 2020, the IPC-IG in partnership with UNICEF MENARO has produced a series of knowledge products on Social Protection in the MENA region (see also Publications below), including: 


In addition, a series of seven webinars on Social Protection in the MENA Region was organised. 


Furthermore, the  Online Community ‘Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Region’ was created to promote exchange on the topic and promote knowledge products and webinars.  


The IPC-IG also developed remote and on-site technical assistance activities with UNICEF country offices in MENA including: 

  • Djibouti (remote and on-site);  

  • Iran (remote);  

  • Lebanon (remote and on-site);  

  • Morocco (remote and on-site);  

  • Tunisia (remote and on-site);  

  • Sudan (remote and on-site). 


Activities included mappings of social protection programmes, fiscal space analysis, elaboration of scenarios for social protection reforms, support to improve the child-sensitivity of national social protection systems, workshops and capacity-strengthening activities, among others.  


With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the IPC-IG started supporting UNICEF in the region by scoping and discussing country offices’ demands for technical assistance for their activities related to social protection responses to the crisis (the technical assistance has been continued under a new partnership agreement between IPC-IG and MENARO). In addition, a detailed mapping of all social protection responses to the crisis in MENA was initiated and in partnership with the Regional UN Issue-Based Coalition on Social Protection, the IPC-IG supported the development of a technical note on the responses to Covid-19 in the region (see link here, also available in Arabic here



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