Social protection sector strategy: from safety net to springboard

This is the first Bank strategy for the social protection sector. The paper highlights the need to expand the definition of social protection to encompass all public interventions that help individuals, households, and communities to manage risk or that provide support to the critically poor. It also recommends that social protection programs be embedded in an integrated approach to poverty reduction based on a new framework for social risk management. The concept of social risk management asserts that individuals, households, and communities are exposed to multiple risks from different sources, both natural and manmade. A clear assessment of a risk management system for any population is possible by examining the available risk management instruments in a matrix of strategies and arrangements - a risk management framework. The World Bank's work under the new social protection strategy will follow the following dimensions: regional and country priorities, traditional Bank products, partnerships with other organizations, and resources.