The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab Region: An Opportunity to Reform Social Protection Systems, Social Development Report 4 - ESCWA

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The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab Region: An Opportunity to Reform Social Protection Systems, Social Development Report 4

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2021/1


Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda

Initiatives: Gender Justice and the Law, Promoting social justice

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Social policy, Social protection, Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab Region: An Opportunity to Reform Social Protection Systems, Social Development Report 4

April 2022

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, social protection systems in the Arab region were weak, fragmented, not inclusive, and non-transparent. They were also costly and unsustainable. Underinvestment in these systems and exclusion of vulnerable populations were key challenges. The COVID-19 crisis spotlighted the problems and presented a historic opportunity to address some of the challenges facing social protection systems. Lessons learned in various countries were identified as useful examples for change, in addition to certain innovations.

This report embarked on actionable policy research to examine and assess the interplay of the social policy dimensions, global experiences, and regional responses to the pandemic in the Arab region. By critically engaging with the actions and priorities of a variety of stakeholders, the report develops and advocates for policies for the judicious and methodical implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, combating inequality and supporting the principle of leaving no one behind, as instigated in the Agenda 2030.

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