This unemployment protection guide covers knowledge, expertise and instruments that were developed through technical assistance to ASEAN countries provided by the ILO/Japan Project, Promoting and Building Social Protection in Asia.
It can be used also as a toolkit by policy-makers to conduct feasibility studies for the design of unemployment benefits schemes for both informal and formal economy workers that are linked with employment promotion policies. Five case studies designed to put into practice knowledge and tools are available in a separate booklet.
Social protection and decent work are recognized as cornerstones of the new global development agenda, with a prominent space in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Social protection and unemployment protection are also priorities set by the 2013 ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, with a number of ASEAN Member States considering the introduction of unemployment insurance schemes in the near future.