Background is an online member-based knowledge sharing and capacity building platform, open to social protection practitioners, policy-makers, and experts, as well as academics and students. Thanks to the contributions of its members, collaboration with stakeholders, and the dedication of the team, the unbranded platform directs access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive content on social protection, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Through these endeavours it has established a global interactive community of social protection practitioners.

The platform provides free access to a variety of features, including searchable databases of social protection publications – which includes text, audio, slides, infographic, video, photos, databases and online tools –, blogs, news, events and programme profiles. Members of are able to connect in the social space and join online communities dedicated to prominent social protection topics. Users can also engage with innovative learning tools, such as online courses, webinars and livestream events. The platform also allows members to share social protection related content, simply by uploading it to the platform.

Social protection is key to 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. Therefore, is committed to generating and sharing knowledge for the promotion of innovative and effective social protection policies and programmes, with the ambition of contributing to inclusive growth and sustainable development.


Features has its features divided into four pillars:


Search our databases of social protection publications – including text, audio, slides, infographic, video, photos, databases and online tools –, news, events and jobs or explore programme profiles and blog posts.


Connect in the social space or join an online community. Search our member directory and browse social protection stakeholders.


Register for online courses or tune into webinars and livestream events. Check out the glossary or participate in a survey.


Add a publication or event into the platform’s interactive database. Create a survey, stakeholder or programme profile, blog, online community or webinar.


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