Social Protection Expenditure Review and Documenting Government’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response

As countries assess and re-examine their social protection systems following experiences from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly more important to have clear information on the existing programmes. This consultancy will appraise existing policy and design social protection strategies targetting, among others, the ageing population, children, and segments of the population uncovered by either social assistance or social insurance schemes (also known as the “missing middle”). Detailing the specificities of existing programmes allows policymakers to evaluate the coverage, adequacy, and life-cycle characteristics of national social protection programmes altogether. This consultancy is in the context of the ongoing partnership between UNICEF ROSA and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), Brazil to deliver knowledge products on social protection in the region. IPC-IG has been working on two products: 1) A mapping and public expenditure review (PER) of national-level and government-led social protection programmes in Sri Lanka, and; 2) COVID-19 social protection responses documentation – a review focusing on social protection responses to COVID-19 adopted following the outbreak of the pandemic.

Research team

Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna
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Lakshila Wanigasinghe
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UNICEF - Sri Lanka