1 June 2023

United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF

Since 2018, the Social Protection Support Initiative at the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office has contributed to improving the quality, timeliness, consistency, and continuity of evidence-based social protection policy making. Based on the wealth of knowledge gained during these years, a new book of compiled articles offers an overview of the insights and understanding gained through the commissioned research and presents an in-depth account of social protection programmes in different countries. This webinar explored challenges and opportunities for strengthening evidence-based policy making in social protection in the East Asia and the Pacific region, including issues related to financing, coordination, and sustainability. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the webinar identified key priorities and actions to strengthen the generation of future evidence for social protection policy formulation and program implementation for children and their families.

Opening remarks: Myo-Zin Nyunt, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

  • Andrea Rossi, Regional Advisor Social Policy and Economic Analysis, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office
  • Nyasha Tirivayi, Social Policy Manager – UNICEF’s Office of Research- Innocenti
  • Rhodora Alday, Director of Policy Development and Planning Bureau – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines
  • Somchai Jitsuchon, Research Director of Inclusive Development – Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Thailand
  • Sreng Sophornreaksmey, Director of Social Assistance Department, General Secretariat for the National Social Protection Council, Cambodia
  • Felicity O’Brien, Assistant Director Social Protection, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia

Closing remarks: Natalia Winder-Rossi, Director of Social Policy and Social Protection, UNICEF Headquarters

Moderator: Ruben Villanueva, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

Webinar materials:


Registrants: 204


Attendees: 94


Youtube views: 148

(until september/2023)