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UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 brief: Disaster-responsive social protection

Source(s):  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters (FAO)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

This brief explores how countries in the region are leveraging social protection systems in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, highlighting the challenges and successes to date. The brief also draws attention to lessons from the region, including how to ensure social protection systems are in place before a shock occurs. It also explores financing options to expand social protection coverage, especially to help reduce disaster-related vulnerability.

The brief recommends the following policy guidance (p. 5-8):

  1. Invest in social protection before a disaster;
  2. Promote universal social protection;
  3. Integrate universal health coverage and social protection;
  4. Adopt a human rights-based approach to social protection;
  5. Strengthen digitization to enhance inclusion;
  6. Adopt intersectional approaches to reduce vulnerabilities and reduce exclusions;
  7. Adopt flexible assistance delivery modalities.



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  • UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 brief: Disaster-responsive social protection
  • Publication date 2020
  • Number of pages 10 p.

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