The 18th Meeting of the COMCEC Poverty Alleviation Working Group (PAWG) was held on May 10th, 2022, in a virtual-only format with the theme of “Effective Social Assistance Provision and Socioeconomic Empowerment in the light of COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The representatives of 13 Member States, which have notified their focal points for the Poverty Alleviation Working Group, attended the Meeting. The meeting was further attended by the World Food Programme, Turkish Red Crescent (KIZILAY), SESRIC and COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO).

The Representatives of the Member States and International Institutions have shared their experiences, achievements, and challenges on how social assistance programs have been conducted and how these programs can function more effectively in the face of increasing poverty problems with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants have also listened to the preliminary findings of the research report which is being prepared specifically on the theme of the Meeting. The final version of the report will be submitted to the 19th Meeting of the Working Group to be held in October, 2022.

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