Challenges to Social Welfare Provision During and After COVID-19

Date: 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Speakers:  Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond; Merike Blofield, Director GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies & Professor of Political Science, University of Hamburg; Marcela Meléndez, UNDP Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University

Many Latin American governments reduced inequality and strengthened social safety nets since the 2000s. Will COVID-19 wipe out Latin America’s progress? How has the pandemic exposed and affected inequalities in the region? To what extent have governments been able to use social policy to cushion the blow? And what reforms to social welfare models will be needed in coming years? Three experts on Latin American welfare systems will take stock of the variation in impacts and responses to COVID-19 and the path ahead to strengthen social welfare systems.

Presented in collaboration with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

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