Optimising the role of development partners for social protection

This paper examines how donors and development partners have supported developing countries in establishing social protection systems. It charts the evolution of social protection across Africa, Asia and Latin America since the 1990s and analyses how donors have both responded to and contributed to this trajectory. The paper focuses on mechanisms through which donors support the development of social protection systems, including not only different forms of financial assistance but also non-financial instruments, such as technical assistance and capacity development. It also examines the important role played by evidence in strengthening social protection systems in developing countries and the emergence of south-south support for systems building. It concludes with recommendations for donors looking to enhance social protection systems globally.