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Monday, October 5 • 5:30am - 7:10am
Regional discussion 2: Social protection responses to COVID-19 - insights from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa

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The panel on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 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 UNDP Africa and UNICEF MENARO.

First, researchers from the IPC-IG team provided a regional overview of how social protection mechanisms were used by the countries in the SSA and MENA 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 Congo, Jordan, Morocco and Namibia, 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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Renata Nowak-Garmer

Social Protection & Employment Programme Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Renata Nowak-Garmer is UNDP Africa Employment and Social Protection Specialist. In this role, she provides technical advisory to countries and regional institutions and develops regional and global policy and tools. She led The State of Social Assistance in Africa, a publication and... Read More →

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Charlotte Bilo

Researcher, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
Charlotte works as a researcher at the IPC-IG on different research projects related to child- and gender-sensitive social protection in MENA, Latin America and South Asia.Before joining the IPC-IG in September 2016, she worked as a research assistant for the Centre for Social Protection... Read More →
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Lena Gronbach

Researcher/ PhD Candidate, University of Cape Town
I am a researcher and PhD candidate with the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.My research focuses on social cash transfers, payment systems, digitization and financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa.My latest working paper on social... Read More →
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Samman J. Thapa

Regional Adviser Social Policy, Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF
Samman J. Thapa is the Regional Adviser for Social Policy at UNICEF’s MENA Regional Office. In this function, he is responsible for technical leadership of UNICEF's Social Policy agenda (Child Poverty policy, Social Protection, Public Finance for Children and Decentralization) covering... Read More →
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H.E. Ms. Antoinette Dinga-Dzondo

Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action - Republic of Congo
Docteur Antoinette Dinga-Dzondo est Ministre des Affaires Sociales et de l’Action Humanitaire de la république du Congo depuis le 30 Avril 2016. Elle œuvre pour la prévention des abus a l’endroit des groupes vulnérables notamment les femmes et les enfants, les personnes vivant... Read More →
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H.E. Ms. Basma Mousa Ishaqat

Minister of Social Development, Government of Jordan
H.E. Ms. Basma Mousa Ishaqat is the Minister of Social Development in Jordan since October 2019. Mrs. Ishaqat has led the development of the Jordan National Social Protection Strategy and the launch of the Takaful Cash Transfer. Prior to becoming Minister, Mrs. Basma Ishaqat was the... Read More →
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Ahmed Berrada

Deputy of Director in charge of implementation of Finance Law, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform - Morocco
Ahmed Berrada capitalise une expérience riche de plus de 20 ans dans des postes de responsabilité au niveau de la Direction du Budget du Ministère de l’Economie, des Finances et  de la Réforme de l'Administration (évaluation des projets publics, règlementation sur le personnel... Read More →
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Tulimeke Munyika

Director of National Population Register, Identification and Production, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration - Namibia
Tulimeke Munyika is the incumbent Director for the National Population Register, Identification and Production in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security in Namibia. She is a legal practitioner. She holds a Baccalaureus Juris and Bachelor of Laws Degrees, both... Read More →

Monday October 5, 2020 5:30am - 7:10am GMT-03