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Monday, October 5 • 12:30am - 2:10am
Regional discussion 1: Social protection responses to COVID-19 - insights from Asia Pacific

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The panel on Asia and the Pacific allowed social protection experts from the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and government representatives to present and discuss social protection responses to COVID-19 in the region, with the moderation and comments from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

First, researchers from the IPC-IG team provided a regional overview of how social protection mechanisms were used by the countries in Asia and the Pacific region in the response to the crisis. The presentation was based on an analytical mapping which the IPC-IG research team has conducted since the outbreak of the pandemic, with support from UNDP and GIZ.

The regional overview was followed by more detailed presentations from country representatives from Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who discussed the main actions, challenges and achievements of the social protection programmes implemented in their respective countries. This was followed by a Q&A session.

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Wendy Walker

Chief of the Social Development Thematic Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Wendy Walker is the Chief of the Social Development Thematic Group at the Asian Development Bank. She has led multi-sector teams for designing and implementing complex and innovative projects and has worked across diverse sectors such as transport, urban, health, education and social... Read More →

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Fabio Veras Soares

Senior Research Coordinator, IPC-IG and Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA)
Fabio Veras Soares is a research coordinator at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). He holds a PhD from University College London (2004), as well as a Master's degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo (USP, 1999) and a BA in Economics from the... Read More →
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Bapak Maliki

Director for Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas)
Maliki has been working in Bappenas for more than 20 years. With a background as an engineer, he earned his doctoral degree in Economics of Population at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is closely working on poverty, labor, population and social policy issues, especially economics... Read More →
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Marina Andrade

Researcher, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
Marina joined IPC-IG in year 2020 to work as researcher. She undertakes analyses of social protection policies and programmes giving support to projects developed in partnership with other organisations, such as UNDP and UNICEF. Marina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International... Read More →
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Sania Nishtar

Special Assistant of the Prime Minister, Pakistan
Dr. Sania Nishtar is Special Assistant of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Government of Pakistan. She is the founder of Ehsaas, the Government’s flagship social protection program, and leads its implementation... Read More →
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H.E. Theng Pagnathun

Delegate of Royal Government of Cambodia in charge of Director General of Planning, Royal Government of Cambodia
My name’s PAGNATHUN THENG, DOB 5th February 1972, and holding Master Degree in International Development Program (IDP) from International University of Japan (IUJ) in 2002. The IDP focus on International Finance, International Trade, Development Economics, Cost Benefit Analysis... Read More →

Monday October 5, 2020 12:30am - 2:10am GMT-03