The IPC-IG starts effort to map social protection initiatives in response to COVID-19 and invites partners to contribute




The IPC-IG, in partnership with the platform, 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, are working together to disseminate information and promote discussions on how social protection systems and measures are being used to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Other partners are also invited and welcome to participate.

An Online Community has been created on the platform, which aims to compile the latest responses to questions such as: How can social protection programmes help cushion the loss of income, especially among those who were already working in precarious jobs? How can social protection assist those who are more likely to get seriously ill due to COVID-19, such as the elderly? Also, how can the food security of millions of children be secured when they are not receiving meals at school due to the shut-downs?  Anyone interested in the topic is invited to access the Online Community and share their thoughts and relevant materials. Learn how you can contribute.

In addition, news from all over the world are being compiled and organised in a weekly newsletter titled “Social Protection in times of #COVID-19, to be sent out to subscribers. The publication aims to gather the most relevant news on how countries across the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis through social protection measures.

If you wish to receive this bulletin with news about social protection and COVID-19, please subscribe to IPC-IG´s mailing list.

Webinars are also being planned on the platform, regarding the spread of COVID-19, its social impacts and how to mitigate them. Each week, a webinar will be announced through the “Social Protection in times of #COVID19” newsletter. The first one, titled “Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond”, will be on 31 March 2020. For more information and to participate, please click here. You can also subscribe to the webinars mailing list to learn about all the webinars hosted by the platform on a diverse range of subjects regarding social protection.

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