Preparing for Future Shocks: Priority Actions for Social Protection Practitioners in the Wake of COVID-19
Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19: Expert Advice Helpline; DAI Global, GSMA, Centre for Disaster Protection and High-Quality Technical Assistance for Results
Social protection strategies need to evolve in order to effectively manage risks in response to future shocks.
The purpose of this brief is to help social protection actors think through potential options and strategies to strengthen the preparedness of social protection systems to respond to future shocks. The responses to COVID-19 have highlighted the stark limitations of many social protection systems, particularly with regard to the four core tenets of universal social protection:
Expanding coverage to those in need has been both complex and slow in many countries (partly due to low coverage before the crisis and weak administrative systems), while the adequacy of benefits has often been limited due to trade-offs against coverage and a lack of sufficient (and swift) funding.
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