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 Low-Income Countries (LICs) and Middle-Income Countries (MICs). It strives to achieve this goal by being a centralised platform through which to access the most up-to-date, comprehensive database and multimedia learning materials on social protection.

The unbranded platform provides mechanisms to inspire discussions on topics related to social protection among a highly inclusive community of social protection practitioners, accommodating policy-makers, experts and students, extending from the individual to the institutional level. A taxonomy for data classification has been specifically developed to facilitate content classification and search as well as the exchange of experiences.

Social protection is key for the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 1, to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, via the implementation of universal, national social protection floors, to ensure no one is left behind. is committed to generating knowledge for the promotion of innovative and effective social protection policies, with the ambition of contributing to the inclusive growth and productive development necessary for the achievement of SDG1.

Features has its features divided among four action-tabs.

  • Discover
    Discover documents on the Publication Search, and information on individual programmes in the Programme Profile Search. View fellow members on the Member Search, and find relevant institutions and their uploaded content on the Stakeholder Search.

  • Connect
    Join Online Communities for virtual engagement dedicated to a particular interest area, and connect with other members via the Discussion Forum. Check out the Events Calendar to stay up-to-date on upcoming social protection events. Share your own Survey or answer other members’ questionnaires.

  • Learn
    Learn more about social protection on the Virtual Campus through Online Courses and Webinars. Find out the latest News from the field, check the Glossary for key definitions, and access How-To guidance on social protection under Learning Tools. Visit the Blog to discover insights from’s global members.

  • Share
    Add a Publication, Programme, Stakeholder, Online Community, Forum topic, Event, Survey or Blog Post to the platform’s interactive database. Create an Online Course for the social protection community, or propose a Webinar.

Institutional Context is supported by the G20 Development Working Group and financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). The initiative was launched on 12 September 2015 and is hosted by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and has been developed in consultation with the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and leading agencies gathered under the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B). See our Partners page to learn more.


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