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Wednesday, October 7 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Side event 4: Shock-Responsive Social Protection: Lessons from the Joint SDG Fund for an Integrated Approach to COVID-19

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The United Nations’ Joint SDG Fund is a new global pooled funding mechanism for transformative policy and strategic financing that accelerate progress towards the SDGs. The Fund’s portfolio on Integrated Social Protection for Leaving No One Behind invests USD 103 million over 2 years into 35 Joint Programmes in 39 countries for innovative policy solutions that prioritize the most vulnerable. The programmes are implemented by 600+ partners to facilitate multi-sectoral and transformative change. The Theories of Change of the programmes emphasize catalytic results in health care, education, social welfare services, childcare, employment, social cohesion, and pensions systems.

Given that the most vulnerable that are particularly affected by COVID-19 pandemic, the Fund’s investment into integrated social protection is more critical than ever. Amongst other innovations, the programmes use Adaptive or Shock-Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) to design systems that safeguard populations vulnerable to risks related to natural disasters and climate change - and increasingly public health crises. Besides “quick wins” produced by re-purposing 20% of the investment to respond to COVID-19, the portfolio is generating lessons learned on the use of SRSP to address multiple and reinforcing crises in the context of the systemic impact of COVID-19 upon the SDGs.

The session provided an overview of the approach to integrated social protection, specifically in those countries where SRSP is in the focus. It emphasized innovations triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic that demonstrate the strategic and catalytic role of integrated, cross-sectoral policies for enabling coherent and systemic transformations leading to the acceleration of the SDGs.

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Nenad Rava

Head of Programmes, Joint SDG Fund
Dr Rava supported the design and launch of the new pooled funding mechanism for acceleration of the SDGs – Joint SDG Fund - in 2018. He led Fund’s first global Call for Proposals and now manages the portfolio on Integrated Policy for Social Protection and Leaving No One Behin... Read More →

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Christina Dankmeyer

Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF
Christina Dankmeyer is a Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF’s Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area in Barbados with a focus on shock-responsive social protection. Prior to joining UNICEF, she served as an advisor to the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in... Read More →
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Sarah Bailey

Head of Programme, WFP
Sarah Bailey is the Head of Programme for the World Food Programme Office of Caribbean Emergency Preparedness and Response. She brings more than 16 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, including research, programme management, policy, technical assistance, monitoring... Read More →
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Bolormaa Purevsuren

International Labour Organization (ILO)
Ms. Bolormaa Purevsuren holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mongolian National University (1996) and Master of Arts in Economics from Western Illinois University (2001) of USA. Ms. Purevsuren has experience working in the area international trade, human development... Read More →
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Annisa Gita Srikandini

Program Manager for Adaptive Social Protection (ASP), Joint-SDG Fund
Dr Srikandini is Program Manager for Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) in Joint-SDG Fund in Indonesia. She plays roles in managing and coordinating the Joint SDG Fund in Indonesia by bringing together UNICEF, UNDP, WFP and UN OCHA in supporting the Government of Indonesia in developing... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am GMT-03