25 March 2021


An unprecedented number of social protection measures have been announced since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Policy adjustments and innovations under way include efforts to address social protection gaps and expand support in the immediate instance. They also hold potential to strengthen social protection in the long-term. At the same time, COVID-19 is expected to reverse a decade of progress in social and economic gains, with long-term consequences for equity and growth, and growing pressures on social protection systems. A new ODI-GIZ study examines social protection adjustments since the onset of the crisis, their crisis response effectiveness and implications for longer-term social protection systems building efforts.

A year on from the first announcements of lockdown measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar brought together leading experts and policymakers to discuss the findings emerging from the ODI-GIZ study and wider evidence to share policy learning to date.


  • Francesca Bastagli, ODI
  • Bessie Msusa, Ministry of Finance, Malawi
  • Sania Nishtar, Government of Pakistan
  • Lynette Maart, Black Sash, South Africa
  • Ugo Gentilini, World Bank
  • Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester

Moderator: Ralf Radermacher, GIZ

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Registrants: 395


Attendees: 199


Youtube views: 388

(until august/2021)