Nearly 200 people tuned into the third global webinar (09 February 2023) organized by the SP&PFM Programme to discuss experiences and solutions towards increasing the financing of disability-inclusive social protection systems.

Speakers at the webinar on financing disability-inclusive social protection systems.

The series is part of the SP&PFM Programme’s aim to promote the exchange of country experiences and foster international debate on innovative solutions to develop a disability-informed approach to recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus helping to ensure the protection of people with disabilities, especially those with intersecting vulnerabilities, such as women and children.

To ensure that social protection systems are inclusive of persons living with disabilities, the SP&PFM Programme supports its partner countries to enable the effective participation of organizations of people with disabilities in the design, reform, implementation and monitoring of social protection systems and programmes; to strengthen disability data and statistics to assess social protection needs of persons living with disability and to design programmes or specific features of existing programmes that facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities, including in the labour market and society; to assess disability-specific costs and higher living costs for people with disabilities; to design inclusive social protection delivery mechanisms; and to ensure the inclusion of disability in humanitarian responses and community-based rehabilitation and care.

The experts making presentations in this third webinar encompassed: Dörte Bosse, Head of Sector for Horizontal Coordination, Social Protection and Disabilities, European Union Directorate-General for International Partnerships; Alexandre Cote, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF; Jasmina Papa, Social Protection Specialist for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ILO; Sovannary Keo, Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Cambodia; Moussa Thiare, Chairperson of Fédération des Associations des Personnes Handicapées ; with Veronika Wodsak, Social Protection Policy Specialist, ILO, as moderator.

Funded by the European Union and implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, the SP&PFM Programme seeks to strengthen national social protection systems, including through improved links with public finance management and through their increased financial sustainability. The Programme approach assists countries in building up universal social protection systems and ensuring that these systems are risk-informed, resilient and adaptable to respond to shocks and facilitate transitions through evidence and analysis. In partner countries, building shock-responsive systems ranges from providing emergency cash transfers and bringing stakeholders together in national workshops to set priorities for assessing the COVID-19 responses and strengthening delivery mechanisms, including national social registries.

Watch the recording of the webinar and read the presentation.

Learn more about the SP&PFM Programme here.