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The Need for Social Dialogue in Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic with its far-reaching socio-economic consequences calls for effective tripartite social dialogue and

cooperation bringing together governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations to design effective strategies and policies to address its impacts. Social dialogue and tripartism can be drivers for economic and social resilience, competitiveness, stability and inclusive growth and development.  

ILO assessments of country responses to the COVID-19 crisis highlight that social dialogue has been used to good effect in the early stages of crisis response in many countries. It has helped the tripartite partners to achieve consensus on targeted measures to protect workers and enterprises particularly hard hit by the crisis and to promote recovery. 

This policy brief discusses social dialogue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lessons learned and emerging practices.  

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How to Integrate Gender into Socio-Economic Assessments

Women and girls are being differently impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and could face disproportionate economic, heal

th and social risks. These gender-differentiated socio-economic risks must be recognized for an effective COVID-19 response and recovery.  

This in-depth checklist can be used to guide UNDP Country Offices, UN agencies, countries and other partners to ensure that key gender equality considerations are taken into account when conducting a Social and Economic Impact Assessment and Response. The checklist can be applied to both the on-going emergency and post-emergency COVID-19 scenarios. 

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Integrating Migration Into COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response: A Toolkit For Development Partners
This Toolkit provides information and tools for development partners to integrate migration in all its forms into development-centred plans, programmes and projects linke
d to COVID-19 socio-economic response. Informed by the UN Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19, and relevant EU and UN policy frameworks, the Toolkit provides analysis and practical tools to enable policymakers and practitioners to deal with the ways in which migration and sustainable development interact within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASH Accountability Mapping Tools

Ensuring the sustainability of investments in the WASH sector remains a major challenge in ma

ny parts of the world. WASH projects still fail within a few years of completion, putting access to safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation at risk. Communities that still have access to water and sanitation services struggle with poor service provision. Good governance of the WASH sector, within an accountability framework, is crucial for the national sector to deliver sustainable results at scale. 

This brochure presents an overview of the WASH Accountability Mapping Tools, a set of methods developed for assisting groups in understanding accountability relations in their WASH context and planning improvement actions. Accountability mapping tools are participatory instruments developed to assess the status and quality of accountability lines within the water and sanitation sector. They enable participants to review practices in any country at the local or sector level. The mapping helps to identify the accountability weaknesses to be addressed, the actors who should be engaged in this work and potential improvement actions. 

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Methodological Process for Strengthening National Humanitarian WASH Coordination

This methodological process guides the user in defining elements of a strategic plan for transition to nationally led humanitarian WASH coordination.

It is intended for use by UNICEF and partners in convening country Humanitarian WASH dialogue in the context of sector wide reform initiatives.

Grounded on the human rights-based approach the methodology describes vulnerability to hazards and shocks, national systems capacity to prevent and manage shocks and ability to mitigate underlying threats of conflict within both rural and urban environments as key functions. It presents ten determinants grouped into four domains representing the Enabling Environment, Institutional and Regulatory Environment, Capacity and Services, and Quality Standards, necessary to develop a strategic action plan for transition from Cluster-led to nationally-led Humanitarian WASH coordination systems.

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Effective Vaccine management Assessment Tool
This assessment tool is developed by WHO and UNICEF with input from experts and stakeholders and provides the evidence about bottlenecks in the immunization supply chain.
Based on this assessment, comprehensive immunization supply chain strengthening improvement plans can be developed and financed to assure availability of vaccines and that vaccines remain potent and ensure efficient use of resources. 

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CrisisWatch is a global conflict tracker designed to help decision-makers prevent deadly violence by keeping them up-to-date with developments in over 80 conflicts and crises, identifyi
ng trends and alerting them to risks of escalation and opportunities to advance peace. CrisisWatch can be used by anyone trying to stay abreast of and understand the world’s shifting conflict landscape. Updated at the beginning of every month, it provides succinct summaries of political and security developments in the past calendar month in over 70 conflicts, crises and vulnerable countries. 

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Return and Reintegration Platform
The Return and Reintegration Platform aims at assisting the implementation of the EU-IOM Actions in support of migrant protection and reintegration by ensuring coherent methodological approaches; 
;harmonising monitoring and evaluation activities; setting up knowledge management tools; and producing knowledge products. The Platform includes a  virtual community of practice to boost knowledge sharing and learning, and supplies hundreds of resources and publications related to return and reintegration.

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Conflict Analysis Practice Note
This guidance note is an internal resource to support desk officers, planning officers and other staff in UN Country Teams, missions and headquarters, who are responsible for undertaking a c
onflict analysis or are expected to contribute to one. A range of conflict analysis approaches already exists across the UN system; selection and tailoring of an appropriate method depends on the conflict context, the purpose of analysis and the institutional and contextual triggers. This note provides guidance and an overview of the core components of a conflict analysis, identifies good practice and offers a guide to existing resources.

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Peace Through Prosperity: Integrating Peacebuilding Into Economic Development
This framework explains how governments, businesses, non-governmental, organisations, and international agencies can contribute to peaceful economic development in fragile and conf
lict-affected countries. The framework, through explaining methods and providing examples, also demonstrates how economic and businesses choices and approaches can contribute to peace, by improving fair access to livelihoods, asset accumulation, revenues and services, and environmental and social sustainability.