Background aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity building on effective social protection policies and programmes, particularly among low- and middle- income countries. It strives to achieve this goal by providing a centralised platform by which to access the most up-to-date, comprehensive database and multimedia learning materials on social protection, while simultaneously fostering a community of social protection practitioners. 

The unbranded platform provides mechanisms to inspire discussions on topics related to social protection, accommodating policy-makers, experts and students, extending from the individual to the institutional level. A unique taxonomy of content classification has been developed by the team to facilitate the efficient sourcing of information for effective knowledge sharing.

Social protection is key for the realisation 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 inclusive growth and sustainable development, necessary for the achievement of SDG1.


Features has its features divided among four action-tabs:

Discover documents on the Publications search, and information on individual programmes in the Programmes search. View the profiles of fellow members with the Members search, and find relevant institutions and their corresponding content on the Stakeholders search.


Join Online Communities for private or public 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’ questionaires.


Actively learn more about social protection on the Virtual Campus through Self-paced coursesInstructor-led 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 the Learning Tools feature. Visit the Blog to discover insights from’s global members.

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). The platform 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.


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