Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond


Universal basic income (UBI) is emerging as a hotly-debated issue in social protection. Currently, the debate is reaching new heights as countries are considering UBI as part of COVID-19 response packages. Drawing from a recent book on the subject, the webinar will review key issues and evidence on UBI as a social protection measure; identify emerging lessons from a variety of cross-country experiences; and reflect on its potential and limitations as a crisis response as well as longer-term intervention.


Ugo Gentilini, World Bank




Fábio Veras Soares, IPC-IG


This is the first webinar of the “Social protection response to COVID-19” webinar series. The series is a joint effort initiated by the IPC-IGGIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and the Australia Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaboration with the socialprotection.org platform, and in cooperation with partners from different organisations.