Lessons from the EU-SPS Programme: Implementing social protection strategies

This paper provides guidance for moving from social protection strategies to their implementation. It highlights the potential of a social protection system in generating synergies but also recognizes the challenges in terms of weaving together instruments of social protection to not only tackle poverty and vulnerability but also strengthen inclusive social development. This paper first reviews the policy choices regarding the sequencing, integration and scaling-up of schemes to achieve an integrated system, followed by a presentation of institutional arrangements, and concludes with the need for building implementation capacity. The experiences and good practices over the past decade discussed in this paper identify a number of important opportunities for development partners to improve the effectiveness and value-for-money of their support for social protection.