Disaster Risk Finance for Social Protection Supports Better Response to COVID-19 and Other Risks

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11 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a large negative impact on all economies given the health shock, global economic slowdown, and the impact of domestic containment measures. Linking risk financing to shock-responsive safety nets, as Kenya and Uganda have done and as Malawi, Sierra Leone, and countries across the Sahel are planning to do, can be a game-changer for resilience. The social protection sector provides important lessons for managing future risks. These same principles can be used to strengthen the shock-responsiveness of other critical sectors, such as health, nutrition, and education services, or integrate ‘financial shock absorbers’ into vulnerable economic sectors.

Time: August 11, Tuesday, 9 AM - 10:30 AM, EDT

Webinar Connection: The webinar connection link will be sent to you upon successful registration. 

What You Will Learn: 

  • How does this crisis and disaster risk finance agenda link to the social protection agenda?
  • In which ways can we support countries to plan better for and financially respond to shocks, including health shocks like COVID-19?
  • What key lessons have we learnt to date from DRF for social protection and how should this inform mechanisms for Covid-19 response.


  • Olivier Mahul (World Bank – Practice Manager of Crisis and Disaster Risk Finance)
  • Evie Calcutt and Simon Hagemann (World Bank – Crisis and Disaster Risk Finance)[Moderators]
  • Emma Mistiaen (World Bank – Social Protection)
  • Lindsey Paul Jones (World Bank Global Crisis Risk Platform)
  • Sophie Evans (Centre for Disaster Protection)


  • World Bank Group
  • Centre for Disaster Protection
  • International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
  • Global Alliances for Social Protection - GIZ
  • Australia - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (DFAT)

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