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SPACE Guidance Note on Rapid Expansion of Social Protection Caseloads

1 May 2020 — By Valentina Barca and input from experts on SPACE Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19: Expert Advice Helpline

Countries across the globe are using or adapting social protection and humanitarian cash assistance to respond to a range of immediate and medium-term impacts of COVID-19. Getting assistance to those who need it quickly is helping to safeguard the well-being of individuals and families – enabling them to meet unexpected health care costs and adopt necessary protective behaviours; compensating for the loss of income, and mitigating the impact of inflation – particularly increased food prices. This Background Note was developed alongside others – most importantly the Strategy Decision Matrix and the Delivery System Decision Matrix – as a technical tool used to structure an independent and unbiased analysis of COVID-19 response options. It does not necessarily represent DFID or GIZ own views or policies.