13 January 2022 


The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a stress test for social protection systems worldwide, exposing dramatic gaps and thereby jeopardizing the health, incomes and jobs of billions of people. These protection gaps, pre-existent to the crisis and further exacerbated by it, are associated with insufficient public investment in social protection. To realize the right to social security for all by 2030, more investment in universal social protection is indispensable. Yet, investing more in universal social protection is not sufficient. Countries also need to invest better, guided by international social security standards. Considering this background, this webinar aimed to launch two ILO working papers on investing more and better in universal social protection; and to engage in a roundtable discussion on how to close social protection and financing gaps through more and better investments in universal social protection. 


  • Mira Bierbaum, Technical Officer, Social Protection Department, ILO 
  • Valérie Schmitt, Deputy Director, Social Protection Department, ILO 
  • Kathrin Oellers, Head of Division Population Policy and Social Protection, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) 
  • Marcus Manuel, Senior Research Associate, ODI 
  • Richard Rori, Social Protection Policy and Research Analyst, National Social Security Fund, Kenya 

Moderator: Rafael Zavala, FAO Representative in Brazil, FAO 

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