Global Programme ‘Social Protection Innovation and Learning’ (SPIL)

Social protection is a human right and key to sustainable and inclusive economic and social development for individuals, communities and countries. All people can be exposed to illness, unemployment, natural disasters or other risks in the course of their lives, yet over half of the world’s population still have little or no access to any form of social protection. Attaining Universal Social Protection (USP) by the year 2030 has been enshrined as Target 1.3 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic, the intensifying climate crisis and mounting food insecurity, among other challenges, have drawn unprecedented global attention to the importance of USP. Germany was a pioneer in developing social protection, and is today a major partner in promoting USP in its partner countries and worldwide, including as a founding member in the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection ‘USP2030’. Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Global Programme ‘Social Protection Innovation and Learning’ (SPIL) aims to support countries in the application of innovative approaches to social protection.