Social Protection Interventions as Medium- and Long-term Responses amid COVID-19 and Beyond

The eleventh Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogue on “Social protection interventions as medium- and long-term responses amid COVID-19 and beyond” featured a range of social protection measures that can help countries more effectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Over 65 government officials from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China participated in the Dialogue, sharing country experiences and lessons on social protection policies and solutions taken to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate recovery.

The eleventh PACER Dialogue aimed to:

  • provide a platform for policy makers and social protection practitioners and experts to share knowledge and experience in responding to the crisis, including challenges and lessons from the initial to the current phase of COVID-19 response (in such areas as targeting, registration, delivery mechanisms, and leveraging existing systems);
  • promote a better understanding of policy options available as governments transition from crisis to recovery; and
  • disseminate global and regional best practices and lessons on how governments could “bounce back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Concept Note and Program

PAPER - Bouncing back from COVID-19: social protection interventions as medium- and long-term responses 

POLICY BRIEF - Social Protection Interventions as Medium- and Long-Term Responses to the Pandemic

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Program and Learning Materials: 

Session/Activity Presentation Material/s Speaker(s)
11th PACER Dialogue – Overview and Objectives Ramesh Subramaniam Director General, Southeast Asia Department (SERD), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Presentation 1

Making decisions on social protection systems in response to COVID-19 over the short-and medium-term
Presentation on a conceptual framework how social protection systems can respond effectively to the COVID-19 crisis, key issues, and a menu of policy and program options available for medium- and longer-term responses.

Valentina Barca, Independent Social Protection Expert
Presentation 2

Responding to COVID-19: How to identify, register and pay beneficiaries for social protection programs
Presentation on options for designing and implementing social protection programs amid COVID-19 and beyond using specific country examples and global good practice to date.

Edward Archibald, Independent Social Protection Expert
Open Discussion and Questions Ramesh Subramaniam (Moderator)
Synthesis and Summary Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General, SERD, ADB