Towards shock-responsive social protection: lessons from the COVID-19 response in Ethiopia

“National and international restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 led to an economic downturn in Ethiopia which is likely to have pushed an additional 15 million people below the poverty line.”

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Towards shock-responsive social protection: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in Kenya

“Despite the maturity of the social protection sector in Kenya, the GoK’s social protection response failed to utilise or piggyback on existing capacity or processes developed for the routine programmes. The two largest COVID-19 social protection programmes were designed and implemented outside the social protection sector.”

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Towards shock-responsive social protection: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone

“In order to mitigate the immediate effects of the most stringent COVID-19 measures on the most vulnerable, the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) provided cash and in-kind support to 10,983 extremely poor persons with disabilities in two tranches to coincide with the two three-day lockdowns. The GoSL subsequently introduced two emergency cash transfer programmes to support other vulnerable households.”

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Towards shock-responsive social protection: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in Uganda

“Aside from an initial food distribution programme, the GoU had limited ability to respond to the negative economic impacts of the shock using existing social protection programmes in 2020. In fact, in the first three months of the pandemic (March–June 2020), the Senior Citizen’s Grant (SCG) was forced to pause operations while Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were developed to facilitate safe cash disbursements, which meant that even existing programme beneficiaries did not receive their normal transfers during this period.”

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