This definiiton encompasses all developing regions.

This was a three-part webinar series focused on social accountability in the delivery of social protection. 'Social accountability' is a citizen-centered approach to accountability in government services and schemes.


Social accountability in social protection: Unpacking the concept

On 18th January 2018, HelpAge International and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth co-hosted the first in a three part webinar series focused on the role of social accountability in social protection . This was the first time that experts and practitioners from across the globe had been brought together to discuss this important topic. Social accountability is an approach to building accountability in which citizens are the key actors . More specifically, it refers to ‘ the extent and capacity of citizens to hold the state and service providers accountable and make them responsive to the needs of citizens and beneficiaries’ . Social accountability is important for social protection for at least three reasons: It helps ...Read more

This was a three-part webinar series focused on social accountability in the delivery of social protection. 'Social accountability' is a citizen-centred approach to accountability in government services and schemes. It plays an important role in reducing error, fraud and corruption; ensuring that cash is delivered to recipients regularly, reliably and accessible; improving policy design, and strengthening state-society relations.


Innovations in social protection financing: Impact Bonds

Increasing focus on evidence-based solutions to global development issues calls for innovation in interventions in this space. There is also a need to crowd in private investment given the fiscal constraints faced by governments around the world in financing social protection and development. Impact Bonds can succeed in attracting investment and achieving a shift in policy dialogue to outcome-evaluation, evidence and accountability, although it remains a challenge to find outcomes that serve a policy purpose that are also relevant to investors. Impact bonds In recent years, Impact Bonds have started being discussed as a potential solution for certain kinds of social challenges. These bonds have been variously named as Social Impact Bonds, Development Impact Bonds, Pay-...Read more

In her first speech in her new role as the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt said that millions of pounds are lost every year because persons with disabilities in developing countries do not have the support that they need to access employment.


Social protection for sustainable development: A human rights-based approach

Papua New Guinae children Photo credit: Asian Development Bank, 2008
Social protection consists of policies and programmes designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labour markets, reducing people's exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to manage economic and social risks, such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age (World Bank, 2001). The United Nations 2030 Agenda recognises social protection systems as a key enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (United Nations, 2015). Several SDGs and targets refer to social protection as a vital condition for their successful implementation. Each SDG and target corresponds with either one or more provisions of international human rights treaties. In this context, this blog highlights the importance of harnessing the SDGs-human rights anchorage as...Read more

Expanding fiscal space for social protection

Banner image: International Training Centre of the ILO / T. Van Vi The term ‘social protection’ covers a gamut of policies and mechanisms that seek to alleviate poverty, support vulnerable individuals, and provide safety nets in the face of social and economic shocks. Social protection can be financed from a number of sources, including public expenditure, international aid, contributions made from household-level savings, and private financing through business (e.g. pension/healthcare contributions by employers) or communities (informal networks, non-governmental organisations, or religious groups). In this blog post, I discuss lessons from various countries’ efforts at expanding the fiscal space for social protection, and briefly touch upon some innovations...Read more

Webinar recording from the second session on the "ISPA Public Works Assessment Tool", continuing the ISPA Webinar Series, provided a presentation on the process of initiation, implementation, results, reception and impact of an ISPA Assessment of the Public Works Component of the Tanzanian Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme.


Barnabas Jachi, Chief Engineer, Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

Dampu Ndenzako, Social Protection Specialist. ILO-Tanzania


Lost in coordination: Understanding social protection and the SDG indicators

One of the most difficult issues facing the effective implementation of the SDG targets relating to social protection, comes down to what social protection actually entails and how overall progress is measured. Social protection is a strategic tool that can be used to attain several SDGs simultaneously and generate spillover effects that go far beyond the initially stated goals. ~ UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development The importance of social protection in regard to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development cannot be overstated. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 169 targets and 232 global indicators [1]. The success of several of the SDGs...Read more