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Tipsheet: CVA and social protection systems (COVID-19)

31 March 2020 — By Mercy Corps

Building on the Covid-19 and CVA, the Payments and Digital Data Management, Door-to-Door Distributions and Group Distributions tipsheets, this fourth guidance note offers a brief summary on how to approach anticipated or planned scale up in government-led efforts to combat the economic impacts of Covid-19 through the institutions of social protection. Often, social protection systems/social safety nets (SSNs) take the form of unconditional cash transfers, and may go through a period of unprecedented change and/or focus over the coming weeks and months. These may include expansions in beneficiary caseload to offset loss of income, increases in transfer value, the addition of complex triage and referral services, or some combination of the three.