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Adaptive Social Protection: Building Resilience to Shocks

September 17, 2020

Online; 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST


The launch event for Adaptive Social Protection: Building Resilience to Shocks outlined the report’s framework for Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) and examined the ways in which social protection systems can be made more capable of building the resilience of poor and vulnerable households to large, covariate shocks. 

By way of its four building blocks — programs, data and information, finance, and institutional arrangements and partnerships — the ASP framework put forward in the report highlights both the elements of existing social protection systems that can be the cornerstones for building household resilience as well as the additional investments and priorities that are needed to enhance these outcomes. In the context of an unprecedented global mobilization of social protection programs in response to the COVID-19 shock, the panel also reflected on how the current crisis is providing new impetus for the development of ASP as a key component of a resilient recovery from the pandemic.


Thomas Bowen, Carlo del Ninno, Colin Andrews, Sarah Coll-Black, Ugo Gentilini, Kelly Johnson, Yasuhiro Kawasoe, Adea Kryeziu, Barry Maher, and Asha Williams

  • 8:30 – 10:00 AM EST on September 17, 2020

    Opening Remarks

    Mari Pangestu—Managing Director, Development Policy and Programs, The World Bank


    Michal Rutkowski—Global Director, Social Protection and Jobs GP, The World Bank


    Thomas Bowen—Social Protection Specialist, Social Protection and Jobs GP, The World Bank


    Dr. Saurabh Garg—Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment, Odisha, India

    Paul Healey—Head - Sahel Portfolio, Joint Sahel Department, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, U.K.

    Maarten van Aalst—Director, Red Cross Climate Center