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Tuesday, October 6 • 8:00am - 9:00am
RT 8 - Migrant-responsive social protection: Lessons from Covid-19

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The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the importance of consistent, sufficient and inclusive public investment in social protection systems. The emerging pattern of COVID-19 responses in the past month has shown that government-initiated responses mainly target citizens and the formal economy, with minimal or no indication of policy responses targeting migrants and the informal sector.

Resultantly, migrants have had to rely on their informal resources in the face of vulnerabilities brought about by COVID-19 lockdown measures. Furthermore, the pandemic is not selective of who gets infected. Therefore, policy responses should be inclusive of migrants such as cross-border traders, labour migrants, refugees, undocumented migrant workers, etc., who face the same health threats as host populations.

While the specific type of support to migrants depends on location, legal status, and type of migration, most migrants do need access to safety nets in the form of cash or in-kind assistance. Ensuring that migrants are included in policy responses means reducing the risk of transmission for the entire population while sustaining a source of labour that will be critical for economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) brought together a roundtable of experts from the IOM, UNICEF and WFP, as well as experts associated with SASPEN, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and social protection responses and consider lessons moving forward in Southern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

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Evance Kalula

Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cape Town (UCT)
Evance Rabban Kalula is Chairperson of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA). He is also Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Rwanda, fellow of the Stellenbosch... Read More →

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Giulia Baldi

Regional Social Protection Advisor, WFP
Giulia Baldi is an Italian national, with fifteen years of experience in programme and policy-related work on nutrition, health, social protection and food security with the United Nations, i.e. WFP and UNICEF, in various humanitarian and development contexts.  Prior to her current... Read More →
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Marius Olivier

Director, International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP)
Professor Marius Olivier holds the BA (Law), LLB and LLD degrees, occupies honorary/adjunct/extraordinary professorial positions at different universities in Australia and South Africa, and is the Director of the International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP). He specialises... Read More →
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Gift Dafuleya

Researcher, Center for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg
Gift Dafuleya is a development economist with more than a decade of experience in community-based and state-run social protection, including two years researching social assistance in Africa. He is a lecturer at the University of Venda and a research associate at the Center for Social... Read More →
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Jason Theede

Senior Specialist, IOM
Mr. Jason Theede is a Senior Specialist with IOM’s Regional Office for Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. He acts as a principle regional advisor for IOM Country Offices, Government Ministries, and Regional Economic Communities such as SADC, COMESA and the IOC in the areas... Read More →
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Teona Aslanishvili

Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
Teona Aslanishvili has been the children on the move focal point at the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office since January 2019. Teona currently focuses on children in mixed movement situations in the MENA region, leading UNICEF’s regional work on establishing route-based... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am GMT-03
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