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Expert Panel: Informality and COVID-19 in South Asia

September 10, 2020

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Among the world’s developing regions, South Asia has the highest share of informal employment. More than 80 percent of workers in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are informal. These workers are excluded from labor laws and social protection schemes that apply to organized labor and the specific risks associated with COVID-19 exacerbate their situation. Informal workers are particularly vulnerable to shocks as they tend to have less cash on hand and more limited access to credit. They are also more likely to lose their jobs and face extreme poverty and food insecurity as the pandemic intensifies across the region. This webinar brings together academics, policy advisors, health policy experts, and civil society leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on South Asia’s most vulnerable people.

Speakers

T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, Cornell University

Chief Economist for the South Asia Region, World Bank

Advisor for Institutional Reforms and Austerity to Prime Minister of Pakistan

National Coordinator of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, Chair of SEWA Bharat and co-founder and board chair of WIEGO

Dean, School of Public Health, BRAC University

Director for Strategy and Operations, South Asia Region, World Bank