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Social information systems and registries of recipients of non-contributory social protection in Latin America in response to COVID-19

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Social information systems and registries of recipients of non-contributory social protection in Latin America in response to COVID-19

Author: Berner, Heidi - Van Hemelryck, Tamara Physical Description: 49 p. Editorial: ECLAC Date: May 2021 ECLAC symbol: LC/TS.2021/56

Description

The countries of the region implemented a series of short-term measures to mitigate the social, health and economic effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In the social sphere, these focused on the provision of social protection entitlements in a rapid and timely manner to the population in need of support. The pressure this placed on the response capacity of social information systems and registries of recipients of social protection systems (social registries) meant that countries had to implement various innovations and adopt new ways of identifying the potential population, incorporate information and communications technologies, and improve information systems to achieve greater coverage of the population.

This study analyses the situation regarding social information systems and social registries prior to the pandemic, and the innovations implemented by 15 Latin American countries in the face of the crisis. It also makes recommendations to help strengthen universal social protection systems.

Table of contents

Executive summary .-- Introduction .-- I. Main characteristics of social information systems and registries of recipients in Latin America prior to the COVID-19 crisis .-- II. Capacity of social information and registry systems to meet the needs arising from the social impacts of COVID-19, and major innovations in response to COVID-19 .-- III. Conclusions and recommendations to promote the use of social information systems and social registries of recipients.