Icon Our WorkWhat has the Covid-19 crisis taught us about social protection?

The COVID-19 crisis has taught us some swift and valuable truths about social protection. In this new context, the simplistic dichotomy of the ‘poor and non-poor’ – which has often driven social protection policy – makes even less sense than it did prior to the crisis. Today’s apparently secure formal sector employee is tomorrow’s ‘poor person,’ once s/he becomes ill or loses their job and income. We need to think differently about the way we conceptualise social security, and we must remember these lessons long after the crisis is over.

In our latest Pathways’ Perspectives, Stephen Kidd and Daisy Sibun reflect on some of the key lessons we have learnt about social protection in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the paper here.


  • This is very relevant and educative literature; i tend to think the covid 19 quagmire comes as an eye opener to insight us on the Social Protection principles and the SDGs which are very solid; Covid 19 brings more meaning to them for in in their intrinsic make they caution Social Protection to be:
    – human rights based
    – Protective
    – Preventive
    – Promotive
    – Transformative, and
    – Inclusive
    In particular SDGs are stern against ” Leaving no one behind” irrespective of any circumstances.
    Apart from learning from experiences, Social Protection is already firmed ”engulfed” in human rights and prevalence of justice.
    I loved the notes and the experiences shared though!


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