Disaster responsive social protection: lessons from COVID 19

Disaster responsive social protection: lessons from COVID 19

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Public information and advocacy materials

Effective social protection is critical to reduce vulnerability and support a timely post-disaster recovery. However, to date, national systems have been too underdeveloped or not flexible enough to allow them to expand before or during emergencies. Despite these shortcomings, many countries in Asia-Pacific are relying on social protection mechanisms to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 crisis, reaching millions of people with cash-based assistance and other forms of support.

Jointly prepared by UNESCAP, UNDRR and FAO under the Issue Based Coalition on Resilience, this policy brief explores how countries in the region are leveraging social protection systems in relation to the COVID pandemic, highlighting the challenges and successes to date. It also draws lessons from the current crisis, including on how to ensure social protection systems are in place before a shock occurs. It explore the financing options to expand social protection coverage, especially to help reduce disaster-related vulnerabilities.


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