on Social Protection Series I: Spotlight on Informal Workers
18 ~ 25 March 2021, Jeju, Republic of Korea – UNITAR CIFAL Jeju held an online workshop on “Social Protection Series: Spotlight on Informal Workers” between March 18 and 25. The event invited 16 representatives mainly from the governmental sector. They came from six countries in the Asia-Pacific region including: India, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Vietnam.
The event was composed of three online sessions: the first session with a group discussion for case study analysis(March 18), the second one with experts’ lecture and case study presentations(March 23), and the final session with action plan presentations and experts’ inputs(March 25). The invited experts were Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor, the Director of Social Wellbeing Research Centre at University of Malaya, Ms. Rahnuma Salam Khan, a development economist and migration specialist working with the International Labour Organization, and Ms. Hina Shaikh, a country economist at the International Growth Center.
During the second session where knowledge exchange was the key focus area, the invited experts delivered resourceful inputs on how social protection mechanisms can be applied in the context of the pandemic and informal workers, and how evidence/data can inform the COVID-19 policy response with social protection strategies in mind. They also talked about the issues in targeting the poor and the necessity of a life-cycle approach strategy when it comes to planning social protection policies.
The participants were actively engaged in a group discussion on case studies related to social protection strategies and policies implemented in their own cities/countries. They analyzed the case studies in the following aspects: differences, pay-offs and setbacks in the social protection programs, and policy recommendations for better implementation of the programs. They also virtually collaborated on designing an action plan to be implemented in their home countries. The action plan includes overall objectives, outcome, and outputs with specific activities to produce the expected results, as well as indicator and means of verification to verify the results.