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Close social protection gaps to reset equitably after COVID-19


Close social protection gaps to reset equitably after COVID-19, OECD Monika Queisser

Welcome to our expert series on the post-COVID reset. That is, a reset along a more inclusive and equitable path. The series introduces listeners to leading thinkers as they put forward concrete policy options for such a recovery and take stock of the data that could (and should) inform these policy shifts. 


This podcast is concerned with social protection and its place in the reset.


We dissect this into issues of: 

  • Social protection gaps – how these need fixing to counter the immediate effects of the crisis, as well as to set countries on a more inclusive pattern in the long run;   
  • Women during the crisis – how they fell through the cracks and what is the place of gender in recovery policies; 
  • Digital and informal economy – how COVID-19 sped up the discussion on the social protection for such; and 
  • Universal Basic Income – is it feasible and/or desirable in this recovery? 


The expert today is Monika Queisser, OECD’s Head of Social Policy.  The host is John Crowley, UNESCO's Chief of Research, Policy and Foresight.


 Have you seen?  

  Basic Income – deciphering the promises and the data​

  Post-COVID recovery: how Latin America should treat its inequalities

  Universal Basic Income and beyond - what are our options for recovery

  Gender inequality in times of COVID-19 – give women cash



Monika Queisser is the Head of Social Policy at the OECD and is an expert on pension reform within the organization. Prior to her time at the OECD, she was a member of the Financial Development Department at the World Bank in Washington D.C.
The interviewee is responsible for the facts cited in the podcast and the opinions expressed therein, which are not necessarily those of UNESCO and do not commit the Organization.