We are pleased to share the seventh issue of our Bulletin on Social Protection Responses to COVID-19.
The emergence of COVID-19 represents an unprecedented challenge for governments around the world. Initially no one knew the magnitude of the crisis or the extent of the interventions required to respond to the broad range of problems created, from health to production, finance and through to labour. In this brief, we will look at cases where the sustainability of emergency government relief has been enhanced by:
- extending the duration of initial short term grants, as in the case of Colombia, Singapore and Brazil;
- thinking about making them permanent, as in South Africa; or
- changing the nature of the relief offered (from a loan to a grant), as in the case of Sri Lanka.
This brief also examines how these movements have provided opportunities to push for further changes in policy.
These are not policy recommendations, rather they are intended to be a tool to share initiatives and policies that are being implemented in different parts of the world, that might provide insights for movements in their advocacy efforts to expand social protection to informal workers in this period of crisis.