Covid-19 is having a significant social and economic impact. As societies move towards recovery, more than ever, the challenge is how to revive the economy in a socially inclusive way that does not leave anyone behind. Supporting citizens with their essential spending is key and can enable a strong sustainable recovery in sectors most hit by the crisis.

Public authorities can use social vouchers to provide targeted support as a complement to in-kind or cash benefits while supporting the local economy. There have been significant developments in social vouchers’ digitisation through apps and QR coding that make them easy to deploy.

With this webinar, ESN and Edenred would like to provide an opportunity for public authorities and developers of these solutions to discuss ways of designing, setting up and implementing social vouchers to facilitate their deployment and ensure their efficiency.


Chair and moderation: Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive, ESN

1st panel: Presentations on social vouchers practices to tackle poverty during the covid crisis

  • Markus Kerckhoff, Chairman, Tafel in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • Dr Daniela Giancarli, Social Policy Directorate, City of Genova, Italy
  • Massimo Molgora, Responsible for Social policies, City of Brescia, Italy

2nd panel: Exchange between local public authorities and experts on the design, set-up and implementation of social vouchers

  • Amal Chevreau, Policy Analyst, Social Economy & Innovation Unit, OECD
  • Nathalie Renaudin, Public Affairs Director, Edenred
  • Emmanuele Massagli, President, AIWA, Italy
  • Trees De Bruycker, Coordinator - Directorate of Poverty, OCMW Gent, Belgium
  • Sue Wald, Corporate Director Adult Services, Health & Housing, Adult Social Care, Health & Housing Swindon Borough Council, UK
  • Christian Fillet, Chair, European Social Network