Social protection response to Covid-19 and beyond: lessons learned for adaptive social protection

September 2020 to April 2021
Covid-19 citizens in South Africa. Photo: Government of South Africa, CC BY-ND 2.0

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, an unprecedented number of social protection measures have been announced by countries worldwide. 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.

This research project provides new evidence and analysis of social protection Covid-19 crisis response. It aims to promote policy learning and help ensure countries are better equipped with inclusive, adaptive and sustainable social protection systems moving forward. The research addresses the following sets of questions:

  • Evidence of social protection Covid-19 crisis response implementation: beyond policy announcements, what has been delivered in practice?
  • How effective have these measures been, specifically for adversely affected population groups (e.g. women, informal workers, refugees) and contexts (e.g. urban)?
  • What are the implications of such crisis response measures for medium- to long-term social protection system strengthening?
  • What are the emerging policy lessons for adaptive social protection moving forward?