In the developing world, impetus towards expanding social protection over the last twenty years has also generated concern over the sustainable financing of these programmes and systems. Though social protection spending in Low and Middle income countries has increased in the period, these countries still have space for increasing this expenditure and their revenues through taxation. [1]         

International development agencies are also putting financing at the center of the debates. At the 7th Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (November 2015) Financing for Development was one of the main issues in the agenda: “fiscal sustainability grounded on effective and sustainable domestic resources mobilization strategies should be at the core of the social protection policy design”. [2]            

The growing interest of practitioners combined with a context of global economic slowdown results in the need for more evidence-based research and knowledge sharing opportunities in the area of financing social protection.  Thus, IPC-IG & HelpAge International’s Financing Social Protection: knowledge sharing initiative aims to contribute in these efforts towards fiscally sustainable social protection systems.

[1] Bastagli, F. 2015. Bringing taxation into social protection analysis and planning. ODI, Working paper 421.

[2] 7th SPIAC-B meeting Summary Report (2015).

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