Can the Covid-19 crisis bring social protection back on the public policy agenda in the Middle Eas

The multilayered crises societies in our region are currently facing, namely the public health crisis with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as deeply rooted social and economic inequalities, have contributed to highlight stark inequalities, often due to systematic privatisation, austerity measures, clientelistic practices to cite only a few.

These crises are particularly affecting the most disenfranchised (mainly refugees, migrants, persons with disability, women, and LGBTIQs), but are also pushing residents into poverty and vulnerability. Hence, these crises have shed light on structural causes of inequalities that affect all populations, and highlight the importance of putting on the public agenda the necessity to enact universal social protection and right to health for all. 

The objective of the webinar is to shed light on various contextual experiences and challenges countries of the region are facing, and how civil society actors, scholars, experts and activists, can jointly push forward a right based narrative and policy agenda.


  • Rabie Nasser  (Co-founder of the Syrian Centre for Policy and Research) 

  • Ziad Abdel Samad  (Director, Arab NGOs Network for Development) 


  • Dr. Lea Boukhater (Researcher, Consultation and Research Institute) 

Date and Time: Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 11am (Beirut time)

This event will be held in Arabic. 

The webinar will be hosted on zoom. The registration link will be sent via email.

For confirmation of participation and to submit your questions to the panelists, contact us on:  [email protected] before the 26 July 2020 with the subject line: Webinar: “Can the Covid-19 crisis bring social protection back on the public policy agenda in the Middle East?” 

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Tue, 28/07/2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia
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