9 July 2020 


The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of social assistance systems in creating resilience to crisis and strengthening countries’ disaster risk response; it has also revealed that many countries do not have institutionalised social assistance programmes that provide comprehensive coverage to people in times of need. Institutions play an important role in determining whether social assistance entitlements are realised and how social assistance programmes are implemented.  

In this third and last session of the State of Social Assistance webinar series, the presenters discussed the institutionalisation of social assistance in African countries and shared their reflections on how institutions relate to countries’ ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.   


  • Stephen Devereux, Research Fellow and co-Director of the Centre for Social Protection, IDS 
  • Valentina Barca, Senior Consultant for Social Protection 
  • Jane Marie Ong’olo, African Union, Head of Division, Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control 

Moderator: Rômulo Paes de Souza, Senior InvestigatorFIOCRUZ 

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Webinar summary


Registrants: 277


Attendees: 119


Youtube views: 123

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