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:
- To develop appropriate methodologies and tools with which to assess the social protection policies, programmes and capacities in ten selected partner countries.
- To enhance administrative and technical capacity in the partner countries to support the development of affordable, sustainable and inclusive social protection systems.
- 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.