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Social Protection Responses to the Three Waves of Crisis: Finance, Food & Fuel

South-South Learning Forum 2009

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1- Taking Stock & Measuring the impact of the FFF crisis

The vulnerability of countries depends to a large extent on their trade, production and consumption patterns, level of income/development, poverty profile and institutional capacity with some countries having already been affected much more than others:

  • What has been the impact of financial crisis on capital inflows/outflows, migrant remittances, and on exports and overall economic growth and poverty?
  • What has been the impact of the food and fuel price increase on the macroeconomic and fiscal situation and household welfare?

2- Policy response options to the FFF crisis

Social Protection instruments are essential to help households cope of the immediate effects of the crisis and preserve their long term capacity to generate income.

  • Fiscal and monetary policy management options: relevance, effectiveness and potential negative impact
  • Social Protection policy options: relevance, effectiveness and potential negative impact
    • Social safety nets:
      - Relevant interventions (cash including CCT, feeding programs, public works, etc.) for different country setting/income level and options for countries with and without existing safety nets
    • Labor market policies
      - Relevant active and passive labor market programs (unemployment benefits, temporary wage subsidies, credit access, temporary youth employment programs, public works, etc.) for different country setting/income level
    • Other SP policies

3- Special Interest and Side Events

While a lot can be learned from past economic crises, the current series of crises also underscore a series of new demands and needs. These will be examined in detail through the series of parallel sessions including:

  • Role of informal sectors
  • Role of different institutional actors, including Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations
  • Monitoring the impact of the crisis and coordination of the responses
  • Social Protection Networks and Communities of Practice





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