May 8, 2023
The Bingwa Initiative – how young people have boosted Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination campaigns
Across the African continent young volunteers have volunteered to accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations. This Africa CDC initiative is a deliberate effort to ensure that Africa’s greatest asset - young people - are fully involved in, and own, their countries’ COVID-19 responses and recovery strategies.
August 8, 2022
Social assistance ‘on demand’ in Cambodia
Quicker and more flexible than ever, IDPoor is ready to deliver in times of shock
July 13, 2021
ASPects – Practice Exchange on Adaptive Social Protection
This series of webinars aims at informing the global public policy dialogue on building back better systems following the social and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
April 20, 2021
openIMIS brings digital social benefits to The Gambia
Building on existing open source management information systems saves reinventing the digital wheel
June 22, 2020
In Cambodia, corona’s economic effects take their toll
Zero COVID-19 deaths but severe economic consequences put Cambodia’s social protection systems on the spot
COVID-19 and social protection
COVID-19 represents a ‘moment of truth’ for countries’ social protection systems.
COVID-19 is the greatest challenge of our time, posing an existential threat to the health and livelihood of the world’s entire population, yet affecting each country differently. Lockdowns in response to the pandemic have severely restricted economic activity on every continent, depriving an unprecedented number of workers in all sectors of their incomes. Many low- and lower middle-income countries lack the comprehensive social protection systems and programmes that would be needed to cushion the blow.
As economies worldwide grind to a halt due to lockdown measures, the star of social protection is rising: Governments which saw social protection schemes as ‘nice-to-haves’ now recognise that they are essential for their populations’ and their own political survival.
Coordinating with other international partners, GIZ-supported social protection programmes are adapting to the challenge of COVID-19, helping partner countries connect their citizens to essential services such as unemployment relief, medical support and food assistance. The decisions governments are taking right now on how to protect their population against the social and economic impact of the crisis are all the more crucial because they will shape countries’ futures for years to come. The articles and events on this page provide insights into how Germany supports governments in expanding their social protection measures in response to COVID-19.