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Tuesday, October 6 • 4:00am - 5:00am
RT 4 - Unemployment protection and its extension to workers in the informal economy

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The crisis has affected many workers, both in the formal and even more in the informal economy. Many of those who have lost formal jobs find themselves in dire situations if they cannot count on unemployment benefits that would allow them to feed their families while looking for another job. In addition, the crisis has exposed wide gaps in income security for workers in case of loss of jobs and livelihoods for those in the informal economy.

Many governments have introduced measures to provide income security for workers whose jobs have been affected by the crisis, by relying on, and further expanding existing unemployment protection schemes if available, or, where this was not possible, by adopting emergency measures. Moving forward, countries need to transition from emergency measures to more sustainable mechanisms, establishing or strengthening rights-based unemployment protection schemes, ensuring policy coordination and coherence between social protection and employment policies. Unemployment insurance schemes have also shown their limitations in covering workers in the informal economy, those among the hardest hit by the crisis.

This session highlighted experiences of countries in providing income support to workers affected by the crisis, including those in the informal economy. Panellists discussed what is needed to build back better and strengthen unemployment protection in the future, in line with international standards and human rights.

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Celine Peyron Bista

Chief Technical Advisor on Social Protection, ILO
Ms Celine Peyron Bista has 20 years of professional experience in the field of social protection at the international level, mainly with the ILO but also with NGOs and the Asian Development Bank. She started her work in Latin America, then for nine years was based in South East and... Read More →

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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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Laura Alfers

Director of the Social Protection Programme, WIEGO
Laura has worked with WIEGO since 2009 in the Social Protection Programme. In 2017, she became its Director. Laura started her work with WIEGO, helping to manage the Occupational Health & Safety for Informal Workers Project, which ran in Ghana, Tanzania, Brazil, Peru, and India, and... Read More →

Kuppan Vishwananda

Assistant Director, Workfare Programme Unit of the Ministry of Labour, Mauritius

Tuesday October 6, 2020 4:00am - 5:00am GMT-03
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