Background aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing on effective social protection policies and programmes, as well as contribute to capacity strengthening by drawing on the experiences of the Low-Income Countries (LICs) and Middle-Income Countries (MICs). It aims to achieve this goal by being a centralised gateway through which to access the most up-to-date, comprehensive database and multimedia learning materials on social protection. Furthermore it provides mechanisms to inspire discussions on topics related to social protection among a highly inclusive community of social protection practitioners, accommodating experts and students, extending from the individual to the institutional level.

What is social protection?

Social protection is a set of policies and programmes aimed at:

  • supporting individuals and families, helping them deal with vulnerabilities throughout their lifecycle;
  • helping poor and vulnerable groups become more resilient against crises and shocks.
  • favouring social inclusion and the building of human and social capital through income and consumption-smoothing, ensuring access to basic goods and services; and
  • stimulating productive inclusion through the development of capacities, skills, rights and opportunities

Key facts

In LICs, around 70 per cent of the population live on less than USD2 per day. To tackle global poverty, social protection programmes have been introduced over the past decade. Since 2010, the number of social protection programmes in developing regions has almost doubled, with every country having at least one social assistance programme in place. Even so, less than one-fifth of the population in developing countries is covered by social protection programmes.

Unfortunately, many challenges confront social protection policymakers. These include financial constraints, designing and implementing effective programmes, targeting and delivering them to the population in need, and ensuring coordination among programmes. These challenges present a growing need for the gathering and sharing of specific and specialised knowledge, which aims to facilitate.

What are the potential benefits of using the platform? is committed to supplying up to date, independent content, in order to generate knowledge for the promotion and realisation of innovative and effective social protection policies, with the ambition of contributing to inclusive growth and productive development.

It is an unbranded platform, hosting contributions from individuals, agencies, non-governmental organisations, national and international think-tanks and governmental bodies. It provides opportunities and interactive tools for countries, institutions and individuals to participate and share their experiences.

Who are’s partners? 

As per the request of the G20 Development Working Group, the prototype of the Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway was developed in July 2012 with the intention of serving as a repository of learning resources on social protection to policymakers, development practitioners and specialists, with a focus on MICs, LICs and on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. The unbranded platform, hosted by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), represents an amalgamation of multiple databases on social protection. It also hosts online communities and forum discussions on specific issues and areas.

A taxonomy for data classification has been specifically developed to facilitate learning and the exchange of experiences. The Gateway benefits from the support of the Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) and the active collaboration of a broad range of partners, including governments, international organisations, research centres and academia, and non-governmental organisations, all sharing the common goal of offering an open and neutral space for the promotion of social protection. Social protection is understood to support the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 1, end poverty in all its forms everywhere, via the implementation of universal, national social protection floors, to ensure no one is left behind. SPIAC-B and aim to reinforce this agenda.

How to collaborate with is a member-based platform and its content is provided by its members. Any researcher, policy maker and practitioner dedicated to social protection can share any relevant contribution via their member account. We encourage members to share their work, participate in the Discussion Forum, join Online Communities, explore the Library Search and engage with the platform’s Virtual Campus.

For more information on how to establish a formal partnership with, please contact

Who are the intended users? accommodates a diverse range of users including experts and students, extending from the individual to the institutional level. It is intended for those dedicated to the field of social protection, particularly in MICs and LICs.


Learn more about the platform’s activities: Annual Report 2016