Independent State of Samoa: Updating and Improving the Social Protection Index

This country study provides updated information and data on social protection arrangements, legislation, and institutions and calculates the Social Protection Index (SPI) for Samoa in view of the revised SPI methodology. The SPI can be updated periodically to assess progress in social protection arrangements in the country and analyse deeper aspects of targeting, coverage and expenditures on various social protection programs; for example, on the breadth (coverage) of social insurance versus social assistance or labour market programs, or on the depth (size of benefit) of various categories of social protection. The revised SPI methodology also provides scope to measure the gender responsiveness of programs, and poverty targeting of programs. 

The primary objective of the Samoa Country Report is to present the results of the research on social protection programs and policies in Samoa from all related ministries, particularly the Ministry of Social Welfare; and, summarize quantitative information on these activities to enable the formulation of a national Social Protection Index (SPI).