Social Protection in South Asia: A Review

New insights on poverty and vulnerability are triggering significant changes in government policy in South Asia. As a result, social protection interventions are emerging as a key policy element across the region. Social Protection in South Asia: A Review describes the most significant programmes in place in each of the eight South Asian countries. It maps out the social protection agenda, as well as programme aims, design, scale and coverage. It highlights some of the innovations, and summarises information from formal evaluations as available. This Review is intended primarily for policymakers in South Asia, offering an accessible overview of regional experiences and practices. Academics, civil society groups and the UN family contributing to the evolving debates around re-defining social protection and assessing the performance of existing programmes will also find the study of interest.