Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Employment: Current Practices and Future Directions

Social protection interventions can address both supply and demand side constraints to employment and self-employment. The additional cash received at household level in the form of a transfer or PEP wage can lift labour supply constraints by enabling beneficiaries to overcome financial barriers to employment and own account livelihoods activities, providing resources for child care, job search, transport, inputs, tools etc. These effects may be amplified when complementary programmes and ALMP are provided in combination with cash transfer provision and public employment, enabling a range of human and social barriers to labour supply to be overcome, as well as improving the quality of labour supply overall. 

This report draws on the South-South Knowledge Collaboration Workshop on Designing and Implementing Social Protection Programs for Employment’, held in Manila, the Philippines. The workshop was hosted by the Governments of the Philippines, Australia and Germany on 9-12 May 2017.