This definiiton encompasses all developing regions.

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Social accountability in social protection: Unpacking the concept

On 18th January 2018, the first in a three part webinar series focused on the role of social accountability in social protection took place. 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 programmes function effectively by: reducing error, fraud and corruption;...Read more
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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
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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

Webinar presentation from the session held on 26 October, organised by German Development Cooperation through the programme Global Alliances for Social Protection, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), will discuss issues related to systematic decision making for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

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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.

Panelists:

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

Dampu Ndenzako, Social Protection Specialist. ILO-Tanzania

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