100 years of social protection: The road to universal social protection systems and floors

The ILO’s 100th anniversary is a unique opportunity for the Organization, its Member States and partners to reaffirm a shared commitment to achieving social justice. 100 years of social protection: The road to universal social protection systems and floors is a compendium of 100 inspiring country stories about building social protection systems and floors. It includes stories about the historical development of social protection in countries, showing that building social protection systems is a progressive process that relies on national dialogue. It shows how international social security standards and the development of comprehensive legal frameworks can contribute to creating coherent social security systems that leave no one behind.

It highlights that national ownership – enhanced through dialogue and the creation of a culture for social protection – is key to developing sustainable social protection systems and floors. It provides practical examples of how countries have significantly extended coverage, or even achieved universal coverage, through cash transfers for children, maternity benefits, unemployment benefits, employment injury insurance, old-age and disability pensions and universal health protection. It also provides practical solutions to the challenges of creating fiscal space for social protection and of reaching workers in the informal economy, rural workers, migrants, victims 100 years of social protection: The road to universal social protection systems and floors 4 of climate-related events and workers in new forms of employment. This first volume of 50 cases will be followed by a second volume of 50 more cases, all published during the year of the ILO Centenary.