CIDT policy briefings explore how social protection must adapt in the face of COVID-19

10 March 2021
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The UN World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of CIDT through the Social Protection Learning Facility, has published three policy briefs that focus on social protection and COVID-19 in situations of displacement, climate-related disasters and rural/urban contexts.

CIDT lead the Social Protection Learning Facility, which is an initiative led by the WFP Regional Bureau for East Africa. The Facility works to provide research, analysis and technical assistance to WFP Country Offices, as they seek to use social protection systems as a mechanism to respond to COVID-19 in their respective countries.

The three briefings highlight the compounding impacts of COVID-19 in places that already face substantial challenges to reduce poverty, vulnerability and instability.

Social Protection and COVID-19 in Urban and Rural Settings

This policy brief looks at the impacts that COVID-19 has on lives and livelihoods in either rural or urban contexts. Whilst it is understood that COVID-19 may have a more urban geographic outlook, the pandemic has implications for the vulnerability of those in both rural and urban settings and the brief explores how social protection might respond to livelihoods in these two different contexts.

Social Protection and COVID-19 Amidst Climate Shocks

Social protection can be used to build resilience of households experience climate-related shocks and stresses. This policy brief looks at some of the potential impacts and implications of the coronavirus pandemic on climate resilience work in East Africa drawing lessons from WFP’s programming in a number of countries.

Social Protection and COVID-19 in Situations of Displacement

In fragile and unstable contexts, existing vulnerabilities are compounded by the effects of the pandemic, exacerbating the existing challenges of saving lives and protecting livelihoods. This policy brief explores the implications of the pandemic for social protection in fragile contexts and how approaches may need to adapt for improved delivery of services.

Initially set up in May 2020, the Facility continues to work in partnership with the WFP Regional Bureau and East Africa Country Offices and the delivery team remains focused on:

  • Providing technical support: providing advice to Country Offices based on their collective experience and knowledge of social protection and country contexts; and
  • Documenting learning: Compiling and disseminating lessons, findings and experiences for future policy and programme design decision-making.

Links

  1. Social Protection and COVID-19 in Urban and Rural Settings
  2. Social Protection and COVID-19 Amidst Climate Shocks
  3. Social Protection and COVID-19 in Situations of Displacement