Exclusionary social protection systems worsen the effects of COVID-19

Mahmood Messkoub
Mahmoud Messkoub

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the majority of people living in the MENA region even more vulnerable, adding to existing structural problems that include under-resourced public health services, a high degree of labour informality, and high poverty and unemployment rates. 

In this blog post, Associate Professor Mahmood Messkoub argues that temporary social and economic support measures to mitigate the pandemic’s effects are not sufficient.

The region has to go beyond piecemeal policies and countries need to expand the scope and scale of social provisioning and social protection as well as the quality of and access to public health services by moving towards a universalist approach to social policy.

Read the full postHow exclusionary social protection systems in the MENA are making the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects worse

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