Conference/symposium

Turning the COVID-19 Crisis into an Opportunity: What's Next for Social Protection?

Waste picker at Kpone landfill in Accra - credit Dean Saffron
6 October 2020 - 8 October 2020
Online

The October 6-8 global e-conference "Turning the COVID-19 Crisis into an Opportunity: What's Next for Social Protection?" will provide a space to evaluate, share experiences on and learn about social protection responses to COVID-19 and allow the community to discuss the future of social protection in a post-pandemic scenario.

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Laura Alfers, Director of WIEGO's Social Protection Programme, will be an expert contributor to various panels on October 6, including a session co-hosted by ILO and WIEGO: "Linking – and transitioning between – non-contributory (social assistance) and contributory (social insurance) social protection for informal workers and beyond". She will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting informal workers and raise awareness of the needs of informal workers.

WIEGO's Deputy Director of Social Protection, Rachel Moussié will present for WIEGO and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors at the October 8 Expert Panel Discussion 2: Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis for Universal Social Protection. This panel will focus on how to sustain the social protection responses that have emerged during this crisis. Also, it will debate how to ensure equitable access to comprehensive risk coverage for the entire population through a coherent system.

Here's more about WIEGO's activities at the conference:

October 6th:

There will be a WIEGO/ILO Virtual Booth: Extending Social Protection to Workers in the Informal Economy in the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond. At 7am on October 6 there will be time to discuss what is in the booth.

Clinic 5A: Linking social protection, employment & economic inclusion.

  • Laura Alfers will be an expert contributor to this panel.
  • Time: 8am (SA time).

This thematic clinic will provide an opportunity to ask - and answer - questions on the topic of linking social protection responses to employment and economic inclusion initiatives, in the short and medium/long term. How have other countries been doing this? What does the evidence show?

'Clinic' sessions are an opportunity for participants to ask practical, technical questions on various topics that have been very relevant to the COVID social protection response. These will either be answered 'live' or via a subsequent written discussion forum. The sessions will be staffed and moderated by designated 'experts' on that topic, but answers can and should be provided by peers as well: we are all experts and can all learn from each other's country experiences.

Roundtable 4: Unemployment protection and informality in the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Laura Alfers is a panellist.
  • Time: 9am (SA time).

Clinic 7A: Linking and transitioning between social assistance and social insurance for informal workers and beyond.

  • Laura Alfers will be an expert contributor to this panel.
  • Time: 10am (SA time).

This thematic clinic will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around the centrality of links between non-contributory (social assistance) and contributory (social insurance) elements of social protection systems, including on

  • facilitating transitions between different schemes;
  • designing and implementing contributory schemes that provide for subsidized contributions or exemptions for those with low incomes;
  • measures to promote solidarity and risk-sharing and avoid fragmentation and exclusion;
  • broader policies and strategies that promote the extension of social security coverage to those in the informal economy; and
  • ensuring a gender-responsive and disability-inclusive approach.

October 8th:

Expert Panel Discussion 2: Implications of the COVID-19 crisis for universal social protection.

  • Rachel Moussié will present for WIEGO and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors.
  • 4pm SA time.

This panel will focus on how to sustain the social protection responses that have emerged during this crisis in the long term. Equally, it will debate how to best ensure equitable access to comprehensive risk coverage for the entire population through a coherent system in the future.

Informal Economy Theme
Informal Economy Topic