Social protection is key to ending poverty. So why is it so neglected in ODA?
Despite being one of the most effective anti-poverty programmes we have at our disposal – as well as a universal human right – social protection coverage remains shockingly low. Over four billion people globally receive no benefits at all, with the situation particularly acute in Africa where over 80% of the population have no access to any form of social protection. Estimates show that an additional 165 million people fell into poverty between 2020 to 2023 as debt servicing was prioritised over spending on social protection, health and education. Read More