4 June 2020 


The current COVID-19 crisis has exposed the importance of social assistance systems in creating resilience to crisis and strengthening countries’ disaster risk response. Ihas also revealed that many people are left out of national social assistance systems and are unable to access social transfers in times of need. 

 This webinar provided critical insights into the legal frameworks governing social assistance in Africa, assessed their alignment with international and regional human rights and social protection instruments, and pointed to the existing gaps in realising the right to social protection. The human rights implications of the COVID-19 crisis on social protection delivery and legislature were also considered in the discussion. 


  • Marius Oliver, Director, ISLP 
  • David Stewart, Chief of the Child Poverty and Social Protection Unit, UNICEF 
  • Sarah Rattray, Global Policy Specialist for Human Rights, UNDP 

Moderator: Liya Abraham, Regional Programme Officer, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa 

Webinar materials:


Registrants: 179


Attendees: 98


Youtube views: 105

(until august/2020)