In order to support policymakers, the ILO Social Protection Department has developed a Rapid Social Protection Calculator for COVID 19. In “normal” times, such assessments can be prepared well in advance and are based on comprehensive information and sophisticated actuarial models. However, in the context of the COVID 19 crisis, however, urgent and decisive action may be needed. Based on a minimum set of parameters, users can cost several policy options, such as the extension of coverage of existing schemes to new beneficiaries; the increase of current benefit levels; and the introduction of universal or categorical lump sum benefits or temporary wage subsidies.
The purpose of this tool is to support countries to make rapid adjustments to social protection systems in response to the COVID-19 crisis.