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Maja Gavrilovic


Maja Gavrilovic is a qualitative researcher in the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. Maja joined Innocenti in August 2018 from FAO, where she has led the analytical and policy-related work on gender-sensitive social protection, and ‘cash plus’ programming in rural development contexts. Prior to FAO, she has carried out qualitative research consultancies for UNICEF, DFID, Save the Children, and UN Women on poverty and vulnerability assessments, maternal and child health, and child-sensitive social protection in various countries across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. From 2013-14, she supported the Government of The Gambia to develop its first National Social Protection Policy 2015-2025. Currently, Maja leads the qualitative components of impact evaluations of cash plus programmes in Ethiopia and Mozambique.
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This rapid review seeks to inform initial and long-term public policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing evidence on past economic policy and social protection responses to health and economic crises and their effects on children and families. The review focuses on virus outbreaks/emergencies, economic crises and natural disasters which, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, were rapid in onset, had wide-ranging geographical reach, and resulted in disruption of social services and economic sectors without affecting governance systems. Lessons are also drawn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic due to its impact on adult mortality rates and surviving children.


From Crisis Comes Opportunity: Spain’s Basic Income Response to COVID-19 (02 Jul 2020)

Spain has been hard hit by Covid-19, both in terms of high death toll and worsening economic conditions. Government lockdowns to contain the ...

Mind the gender gap: How can a gender-norm lens improve social protection outcomes for adolescents? (20 Sep 2018)

Since adolescence is a highly vulnerable period of rapid physiological, biological, and psychological change, researchers and development pa ...


Cash Plus

Integrating cash transfers with other services, like health insurance, can generate substantial benefits for individuals as well as their households. ...

Gender-responsive and age-sensitive social protection

Gender and age play a disproportionately large role in how people experience risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities. A new four-year research prog ...