What are the lessons that state and non-state relief efforts during Covid-19 offer to social protection for informal settlements post-crisis?

India, Zimbabwe
Phase 2
Social development and inclusion
Social development and inclusion

The project explores the extent  to which scaling up community initiatives and/or institutionalising the integration of informal workers into social protection schemes can provide support in the face of a broad range of hazards in informal settlements/building local resilience/responding to poverty and inequality and hydrometeorological, technological and biophysical risks.

The project aims to work with local governments and social movements in diverse contexts to analyse and capture informal and formal relief mechanisms that emerged during the pandemic; synthesise and distil associated policy lessons for actors working from the local to the global level so that they can engage with progressive efforts to provide or improve social protection particularly for informal workers and informal settlements; understand the enabling conditions for supporting, institutionalising, or scaling up relief mechanisms as a means of enhancing the resilience of informal settlements as cities emerge from the pandemic (including diverse types of hazards); and establish and maintain a public archive of formal and informal responses to Covid-19 in informal settlements that can be used by social movements, policy makers and urban decision makers as part of efforts to build local resilience and respond to crises.


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