Social protection response to COVID-19 initiative



The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and its consequences around the world are truly unprecedented: health care systems are facing severe overload; countries are temporarily shutting down their borders; public life is being brought down to a minimum; and economies are experiencing dramatic slowdowns, threatening the survival of small businesses and people working in the informal sector.

In this context, measures to assist people in need and protect them against falling into poverty due to the consequences of the pandemic are more necessary than never. Social protection systems and programmes are crucial to help individuals and households cope with this crisis, by reducing social and economic risks and protecting the livelihoods and wellbeing of all affected.

Against this background, the joint and collaborative initiative “Social protection response to COVID-19” has been created to inform and provide updates on the topic, with a focus on showcasing how countries all around the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis through social protection measures.


The Initiative

This joint effort is inspired by colleagues and organisations working to disseminate and discuss the most recent content on social protection responses to COVID-19. The initiative has three major components:

  1. Weekly newsletter featuring a compilation of news, op-eds and blogs from all over the world (in their original language) on social protection initiatives dealing with COVID-19.
  2. Weekly webinars every Tuesday 9am (GMT-4)*, with key social protection experts debating the main crisis response issues.
  3. Online Community to foster discussions and exchanges and systematize the information gathered on the topic.


How to join and collaborate

This initiative is a joint and collaborative effort, as we believe every crisis response should be. Each of the following actions can be taken by both individuals and organisations. We encourage organisations, whenever possible, to provide human resources in order to collaborate to the selection, revision and inclusion of content.


1. Collecting and uploading content

Individuals and organisations can help by mapping content regarding social protection responses to COVID-19—news, legal documents, op-eds, reviews and blogs from all over the world are welcome, in all languages.

There are two ways to do this:

  • Upload relevant material (preferably country legal documents, studies, publications or articles) directly to the platform by logging in and clicking on Share > Add News or Add Publications and filling the form. You can watch this short video with instructions on how to include materials in and/or read our Guidelines to clarify potential doubts. This option of directly uploading the content is highly recommended;
  • Send us links of relevant content to 

Please keep in mind that all content must be free to access and directly related to social protection.


2. Collaboration on webinars

You can collaborate with webinars by recommending experts, moderators and potential panellists to conduct them, as well as proposing new topics. See what has already been suggested here. Send your suggestions to

You are also encouraged to join our webinars and participate actively -- your comments and questions will help spark discussions and bring different ideas to the table.

Furthermore, you can disseminate the webinars through your own networks and social media.


3. Online Community

In addition to gathering and systematising the material collected by the initiative, the new Online Community also offers a space to discuss what remains to be done to make social protection systems more responsive in this crisis. Anyone interested in the topic is invited to access and share their thoughts and relevant materials.

By joining the Online Community with your profile, you will also receive an e-mail notification with the latest updates on the Community and the initiative as a whole.


About the initiative:

This joint effort is an initiative of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia, in collaboration with the online platform. All partners and organisations are welcome and strongly invited to contribute by sharing knowledge and discussing their findings on social protection responses to the crisis.


If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to


* The time of the webinar may change depending on the availability of participants, as well as on the region/focus area).