Social Protection

International Labour Organization (ILO)

"Social protection, or social security, is a human right and is defined as theset of policies and programmes designed to reduce and prevent poverty and vulnerability throughout the life cycle. Social protection includesbenefits for children and families, maternity, unemployment, employment injury, sickness, old age, disability, survivors, as well as health protection. Social protection systems address all these policy areas by a mix ofcontributory schemes (social insurance) and non-contributory tax-financed benefits, including social assistance."

Source: ILO. 2017.  "World Social Protection Report 2017-19: Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals". Geneva: International Labour Organization.  <>. Accessed 18 June 2020.