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The European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS) is a new European Union action co-financed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Government of Finland. The OECD’s Development Centre and the Government of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) manage its implementation.

The EU-SPS supports low- and middle-income countries in building sustainable and inclusive social protection systems. The programme will be implemented from 2015 to 2018 in partnership with national and regional social protection authorities, think-tanks and expert institutions in ten countries.

The programme has three specific objectives:

  1. To develop appropriate methodologies and tools with which to assess the social protection policies, programmes and capacities in ten selected partner countries.
  2. To enhance administrative and technical capacity in the partner countries to support the development of affordable, sustainable and inclusive social protection systems.
  3. To generate evidence-based knowledge for future EU co-operation and for use by other development partners on the effectiveness of social protection in reducing poverty and vulnerability, addressing inequality and promoting social cohesion.