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2 Responses to “Has Covid been a tipping point for Universal Social Protection? Here’s what we know”
  1. I agree that Covid-19 could be the tipping point. The increase in spend has also revealed how fragmented, inefficient and incomplete the current patchwork of approaches is. It is interesting to note that ILO estimate the external financing needed to implement universal floors in LICs is $36 billion pa, based on national poverty lines while the estimate by my colleagues and I is not much higher at $49 billion pa, based on (the normally higher) SDG1.1 poverty line. [https://www.odi.org/publications/17516-financing-reduction-extreme-poverty-post-covid]. In the context of the $9 trillion mobilised for Covid19 response both of these are globally affordable figures. Hopefully your article will help fuel attention this possible shift – reinforced by American Economic Association’s recent deliberations on welfare.

  2. Mary Sue Smiaroski

    It would be interesting to know the context of inequality in those 126 countries, and if efforts to address it might contribute to converting these new social protection payments into something longer term.

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