African Dialogue on COVID-19 and the Future of Social Protection
To provide a platform for an engaging conversation between African Governments, civil society organizations, and people affected by COVID-19 on how to address critical social protection gaps exposed by the pandemic and progress towards inclusive and rights-based social protection, the African Union, the Africa Social Protection Platform, HelpAge International, WIEGO, Save the Children, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) – Zambia, and the ILO Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa organised a virtual dialogue made up of three connected webinars. The conversation revolves around the VOICES of affected populations, the ACTIONS of Governments to expand social protection during COVID-19, and Africa’s VISIONS for social protection as part of an inclusive recovery..
ASPects – Practice Exchange on ASP
The series, organised by the GIZ Global Program Social Protection Innovation and Learning (SPIL) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in cooperation with socialprotection.org and other partners, aims at informing the global public policy dialogue on building back better systems and better preparedness for future shocks. Each webinar within the series is dedicated to bringing together practitioners, leading experts, and policy makers to share and exchange perspectives on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) with a focus on specific practically relevant aspects of one related ASP Building Block (Institutional arrangements and partnerships - Programs - Data and information - Finance).
Asia-Pacific Social Protection Series
The Asia-Pacific Social Protection Webinar Series is one of the main activities ADB and socialprotection.org are promoting to encourage knowledge sharing among practitioners and experts in the region. With this webinar series, the organisers wish to invite participants to learn more about emerging issues of vulnerability in countries in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly related to social protection and new evidence on COVID-19, new technology, demographic shift, climate change and disaster risk management.
CoP-SSC4C Webinar Series
The goal of the CoP-SSSC4C webinar series is to showcase good practices of South-South triangular cooperation (SSTC). These webinars bring together practitioners, experts, partners and people from different sectors who promote SSTC with a focus on advancing the rights and promoting the welfare of children. The Online Community of Practice on South-South Cooperation for Children, which was jointly created by UNICEF, the IPC-IG and UNOSSC, gathers all information related to this webinar series and promotes further discussions on the topic.
on Social protection
The main focus of this webinar series is to share country cases on the design and implementation of social protection policies and programmes to promote social development and poverty reduction. It features experiences of cash transfers, productive inclusion and access to services from Brazil, Mali and Chile. This series was launched as part of the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP).
Disability inclusive social protection
COVID-19 has highlighted the inequality gaps and disempowering structures in all societies, drawing attention to the reality that persons with a disability, in particular, have been living at the intersection of poverty and exclusion for too long. Disability specific expenditures related to essentials such as assistive devices and increased transportation costs are rarely accounted for in social protection responses. The barriers faced by persons with a disability to accessing education, employment, and services in line with the general community, also generate extra costs for them. In each webinar our guest speakers talk about the gaps, the barriers and the opportunities they are seeing to the full inclusion of persons with a disability in social protection responses and accessing services, to ensure their full, dignified and effective participation and inclusion globally.
These webinars are based on country experiences from around the world, presented, moderated and discussed by seasoned experts from the domain of economic inclusion. The main objective of the series is to promote peer-to-peer learning regarding the diverse experiences of countries that are scaling up economic inclusion programmes.
The European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) was a European Union initiative co-financed by the OECD and the Government of Finland, which supported low- and middle-income countries in building sustainable and inclusive social protection systems. It worked in cooperation with national and regional social protection authorities, think-tanks and expert institutions in 10 countries. This related webinar series, organised by GIZ, focuses on strengthening social protection systems to address chronic issues such as shock-responsiveness and health care provision and financing.
Fiscal space for social protection: knowledge
The growing interest in social protection measures has come at a time of global economic slowdown. This has created a strong need for more evidence-based research and knowledge-sharing opportunities in the area of financing social protection. The IPC-IG, together with HelpAge International, developed this webinar series to contribute to these efforts towards fiscally sustainable social protection systems.
Gender-Senstitive Social Protection Series
Can social protection contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment? The webinars in the Gender-sensitive social protection series promote the work of specialists and practitioners contributing to equality and women’s economic empowerment. The aim is to create interest among experts, as well as the general public, and to facilitate collaboration among professionals working with this important topic.
ISPA Tool Series
The ISPA Tools are a set of practical tools designed to help countries improve their social protection systems by analysing their strengths and weaknesses and offering options for further action. These webinars, organised by the ISPA Coordination Team, aim to introduce these tools, as well as their uses and implementation in specific countries.
Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Employment
Policy makers are increasingly looking at the contribution of social protection programmes to promote livelihoods and assist poor and vulnerable people in accessing jobs in the formal and informal sectors. These webinars explore different programmes worldwide that are creating short- or long-term employment opportunities, as well as producing multiplier effects on local economic development by increasing demand for labour and for goods and services. This series is organised by the Social Protection for Employment Community (SPEC).
Linking Social Protection with humanitarian cash sharing initiative
The series is organised by the Grand Bargain Cash Subgroup, co-led by IFRC, UNICEF and DFID, to link social protection with humanitarian actors by exploring the connections between the two agendas and the design and implementation of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA).
Social accountability Series
'Social accountability' refers to the steps that governments can take to improve the participation of benefit recipients and broader civil society in accountability initiatives, and the steps they can take to hold governments accountable for the delivery of social protection. This is a three-part webinar series focused on social accountability in the delivery of social protection.
Social Protection and Gender Equality Series
If appropriately designed and implemented, social protection policies and systems play a critical role in transforming the lives of women and girls. This webinar series, organised by the ODI and DFID ahead of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), focuses on the theme of “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.
Social Protection in South Asia
In 2019 the IPC-IG, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), and Country Offices worked together to undertake a comparative overview and analysis of important dimensions to assess social protection systems in South Asia. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the many responses created to mitigate its impacts, the presentation of pre-COVID analysis will benefit from an additional agenda: snapshots on how the pre-COVID-19 social protection landscape is being modified by the ongoing crisis, what responses are being planned, and what are the prospects for the ‘new normal’ of social protection setups going forward.
Social Protection in the
This webinar series is a result of the "Social Protection Knowledge Generation and Policy Analysis in MENA" project, a partnership between the IPC-IG and UNICEF MENARO. These webinars address different aspects of social protection provision in the Middle East and North Africa, following a number of social protection reforms seen across the region.
Social protection response to COVID-19 Webinar Series
This series is designed to explore the role of social protection in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. During these sessions, social protection experts discuss how countries around the world are reacting to the impacts of the pandemic through social protection actions, by exploring different experiences and addressing key issues related to universal social protection, informality, unemployment, old-age care, universal health coverage, adaptive social protection, gender-responsive social protection, food security, among others.
Social protection to promote gender equality and to reduce other socio-economic inequities
Social protection was the priority theme both at the CSocD57 and at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) 2019. In anticipation of these major events, the EU-SPS, UNDESA and THL jointly organised this webinar series to enhance the mutual coordination and synergies towards the social protection agenda between actors from Africa and Europe engaged with social development and, specifically, with gender equality.
Social Registries Series
Jointly organised by DFAT and OPM, this webinar series addresses the integration of data and information management for social protection. Variations of components, roles and functions of social protection information systems are widely explored by showcasing different experiences on this highly technical topic.
The State of Social Assistance in Africa
With this webinar series, the UNDP invites participants to learn more about the situation of social assistance in African countries, looking in particular at legal frameworks, and the institutionalisation and financing of social assistance. The series presents findings on these three foundational aspects of social assistance, drawing on the publication “The State of Social Assistance in Africa” and its accompanying data platform. The publication was developed by the UNDP in partnership with the African Union and in collaboration with ILO, UNECA and UNICEF.
Many countries strive to provide universal health care, while facing the challenge of establishing a transparent and efficient decision-making process. This can create significant inefficiencies and access barriers to patients. These webinars, organised by GIZ, aim to showcase best practices in handling these challenges.
This webinar series gathered different stakeholders to discuss key topics involving universal social protection programmes and policies, and share reports on the current status, challenges and opportunities. The USP2030 webinar series was organised by the socialprotection.org team, in collaboration with the IPC-IG.
Webinar Series on Early Childhood Development
This series aims to promote the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned in the implementation of policies, strategies and social protection interventions designed to reach families and children from an early stage. The experiences shared in this webinar focus mainly on the coordination and implementation of programmes at the local level.