Strengthening social systems

Strupat, Christoph / Paul Marschall
External Publications (2021)

in: OECD Development Co-operation Report 2020: learning from crises, building resilience, Paris: OECD Publishing, 195 - 200

ISBN: 9789264883604
DOI: 10.1787/f6d42aa5-en
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Experience shows that strong, well-functioning, adaptable and adequately funded social systems are essential to cope with the negative impacts of crises like COVID-19. This case study examines the strengths and weaknesses of social systems in Africa and how these influenced the response of different countries. It notes that few countries have adequate social protection schemes, but some countries have limited the direct effects of the pandemic by relying on health emergency systems honed during the Ebola outbreak. It seems that building stronger social systems builds resilience.

About the authors

Marschall, Paul

Economy

Marschall

Strupat, Christoph

Economist

Strupat

Further experts

Balasubramanian, Pooja

Social Economics 

Brüntrup, Michael

Agricultural Economy 

Burchi, Francesco

Development Economy 

Dick, Eva

Sociologist and Spatial Planner 

Loewe, Markus

Economy 

Malerba, Daniele

Economy