20 October 2022 

Action Contre La Faim, ACF (Action Against Hunger); Act Svenska Kyrkan, ACK (Act Church of Sweden); The Africa Platform for Social Protection, APSP; Development Pathways; Global coalition for social protection floors; Human Rights Watch; International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC; African Regional Organisation of the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC-Africa/CSI-Afrique; Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, WIEGO.  

The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing crises highlight the urgent need for universal social protection. National governments hold the responsibility, but international cooperation aids progress through financial support and technical advice. International organizations and financial institutions, like the World Bank and IMF, play influential roles. Critics point to their historical focus on exclusionary safety nets and conditionalities. However, during the pandemic, the IMF supported increased healthcare expenditure and cash transfer programs, showing signs of change. The World Bank also expanded support for social protection. The webinar features representatives from CSOs, unions, and workers’ organizations discussing whether and how IFIs have shifted their position on social protection post-pandemic. The focus is on areas of progress and potential shortcomings in realizing the right to social protection for all. 


  • Lena Simet, Senior Researcher on Poverty and Inequality, Human Rights Watch (HRW 
  • Tavengwa Nhongo, Executive Director, African Platform for Social Protection (APSP) 
  • Daisy Sibun, Social Policy Specialist , Development Pathways 
  • Evelyn Astor, Economic and Social Policy Advisor, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 
  • Florian Juergens-Grant, Project Manager, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) 
  • Ghislaine Saizonou Broohm, Coordinator of the Department of Equality and Social, ITUC Africa 

Moderator: Rachel Moussié, Director of Programmes, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing 

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Registrants: 299


Attendees: 127


Youtube views: 314

(until september/2023)