Targeted Social Protection in Arab Countries before and during the Covid-19 Crisis - ESCWA

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Targeted Social Protection in Arab Countries before and during the Covid-19 Crisis

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2020/TP.24


Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development

Initiatives: Reforming social protection systems

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Poverty, Public welfare, Social welfare, Public health, Governance, Covid-19, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Arab countries

Targeted Social Protection in Arab Countries before and during the Covid-19 Crisis

September 2021

The present technical paper provides an overview of targeted social protection programmes in selected Arab countries and discusses recent reforms these programmes have been undergoing, focusing on the approaches to identify poor and vulnerable population groups and management information systems utilized to administer these programmes. Additionally, the paper touches upon, how governments in the Arab region used social protection programmes and their respective delivery mechanisms to cushion the socio-economic fallout of Covid-19 prevention measures.

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