Global research on governance and social protection (Global Overview)

This review seeks to understand, as an overarching question, the ways in which “good governance” can contribute to realizing people’s right to social security, against a backdrop of the principles set out in international social security standards, notably ILO Recommendation 202 on Social Protection Floors and Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102). The objective is to highlight, through practical examples, the decisive role of governance in realizing gains in coverage — in terms of comprehensiveness of risks covered as well as horizontal and vertical extension — in fulfilment of the right to social security, which rests on compliance by all actors with their prescribed duties and obligations. The results of the study will be used to guide the development of learning modules that will be of practical use in these countries and beyond. Complementing this global overview, three detailed case studies are presented to offer detailed insights into the governance of social protection systems in select national contexts, including Argentina, Kenya and the small island states of Fiji and Mauritius, the latter of which are treated in the same paper.