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28 April 2022

Universal social protection and resilience throughout the life-cycle

Welcome to a digital Development Talks on social protection focusing on strengthening systems before, during and after a crisis, reviewing gaps in social protection and possible solutions. Our point of departure is universal social protection and resilience to shocks throughout the life-cycle, within the framework of sustainable financing.

Investing in small-scale farming is crucial in the fight against poverty, writes eight Swedish scientists on World Food Day. Photo: Vi-Agroforestry

Social protection is a human right as well as an effective tool for poverty reduction. Therefore, there is a strong imperative to expand social protection coverage to reach the vision of universal social protection and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals including to “leave no one behind”. Some examples of social protection throughout the life-cycle include child benefits, pensions and parental leave. It is also an indispensable measure for protecting people against large-scale shocks, such as pandemics, conflicts and climate change.While social protection has significantly expanded in recent years, substantial gaps and challenges remain. A majority of the world’s population, especially in low and middle income countries, are not covered by social protection. There is a lack of support systems for older persons and people living with disabilities, an exclusion of workers in the informal economy, and poor linkages to systems for health and nutrition.Against this background, the COVID-19 crisis serves as a wake-up call and a road map for accelerating efforts to strengthen social protection. How can social protection build resilience and create opportunities throughout the life-cycle? How can social protection contribute to preventing and responding to shocks, and subsequently reduce humanitarian needs? This webinar will explore global perspectives on social protection as well as country-level examples from Kenya.


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PROGRAMMEThursday, 28th April, 13.00–14.30 CESTModerator: Sarah Thomsen, Lead Policy Specialist in Health and SRHR, SidaOpening remarksUlf Källstig, Head of Department for Africa, SidaShahra Razavi, Director of Social Protection Department, ILOPanel discussionStefanie Bitengo, Programme Coordinator at the National Social Protection Secretariat, KenyaNatalia Winder Rossi, Director of Social Policy and Social Protection, UNICEFTrue Schedvin, Head of Unit for Global Sustainable Economic Development, SidaLaura Alfers, Director of Social Protection Programme, WIEGODavid Lambert Tumwesigye, Global Advocacy Manager, Child Poverty, Save the ChildrenClosing remarksBritta Olofsson, Senior Advisor for Social Protection, SidaPontus Korsgren, Programme Advisor for Social Protection, SidaLearn more about our speakers!


From 28 April 2022 at 13:00 to 28 April 2022 at 14:30