Global research on governance and social protection (Case studies on Mauritius and Fiji)

This case study covers some of the main social protection system governance strengths and challenges in Mauritius and Fiji. The social protection system in Mauritius is widely regarded as effective, and much of that success is owed to good governance decisions that have shaped its legal frameworks, institutional configurations, management information systems and delivery systems. However, it is facing a critical juncture in policy orientation that could jeopardize some of its achievements if not carefully managed. Unlike Mauritius, which invested heavily in an inclusive social protection system early on, Fiji has been a historically ‘laggard’ among small island states in social development outcomes and finds itself at an important crossroads where decisions about the policies and governance structures that support the social protection system could determine the extent to which it is able to extend coverage. The following pages explore the recent social protection governance developments and decisions and their potential implications for social protection systems in both countries.