Linking up social protection systems in developing countries: Overview of some experiences and approaches

This paper aims to provide the reader with some examples of linkages between social protection systems in a selection of countries in which GTZ is operating. In the foreword it will be argued why there is a case for introducing social protection in developing countries and how the extension of social protection can be achieved by linking up systems of social protection. While these experiences should serve as encouraging examples, it is stressed that these specific linkages of systems are by no means blueprints which are universally applicable to all of the countries. It is rather a method that has to be conceptualised and operationalised for each country taking its economic, institutional and cultural specificities into account each time. Essentially, the method involves effective and efficient intertwining of governmental (top-down) measures with societal (bottom-up) approaches and strategies.