As the world grapples with COVID-19, more than 50 countries, including the United States, have announced some form of cash transfer or social assistance to help tide over the immediate challenges faced by their citizens. Delivering on these promises will require an enormous increase in the capacity of states to make payments to their citizens, or government-to-people (G2P) transfers, as they are widely known.
Government-to-person (G2P) payments have never been more important, as governments worldwide seek for ways to respond to the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge of making these massive payouts to the poor and informal sector workers is highlighting the differences between the G2P payment ecosystems across countries.
This event will highlight cash transfers as a tool for response and development in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. While recognizing that no intervention is a silver bullet, panelists will explore the potential benefits and feasibility of massive scale-up of cash transfer and universal basic income (UBI) programs in LMICs and their value for the COVID-19 response; how LMIC governments, bilateral and international institutions, and other organizations can best utilize and support these programs; and how to ensure the programs are cost-effective and serving the communities, households, and individuals who need them most.