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Social protection has emerged as a key response to COVID-19. In rural areas, it can play a critical role to save lives and livelihoods. This blog looks at the specific situation and needs of rural populations in order to limit the impact of the pandemic and foster an inclusive recovery.


This IFPRI blog describes how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting gender relations and why attention to gener when implementing expanded social protection is critical.


While containment measures slowed the spread of COVID-19 in Jordan, many already vulnerable people suddenly found themselves without an income. UNICEF Jordan quickly started working with the government and partners to offset the impact by adding new vulnerable households to their cash transfer programme.


The relationship between economic insecurity and gender-based violence is complex and poorly understood—here, we round up evidence from the recent biannual Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum in Cape Town Oct. 21-25 to highlight what is new and where we go next.


Rigorous research in humanitarian emergencies is not only feasible but also necessary to determine what constitutes effective assistance in these settings. This column introduces a Special Issue of the Journal of Development Studies which demonstrates that research establishing causal effects is vital for the design of efficient and effective social protection in settings of fragility and displacement.


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