United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCAP

Social Development Policy Guides: How to Design Inclusive Social Protection Systems

This policy guide, developed by ESCAP together with Development Pathways, explains how to design inclusive and robust social protection systems and focuses on tax-financed income security. It explains why universal schemes are better at reaching the poor than targeted schemes, and what policy options to consider when designing inclusive schemes. 

The guide is the second in a series of four policy guides developed to support policymakers and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to strengthen social protection. The first guide explains the basic principles of social protection and the impact it can have on poverty reduction, social cohesion, economic growth and the environment; the third will focus on the effective implementation of inclusive social protection schemes and the forth will discuss options for financing. All policy guides and other ESCAP resources on social protection are available on the Social Protection Toolbox http://www.socialprotection-toolbox.org/