Elderly woman receiving TASAF cash transfer, Arusha, Tanzania (2016). Photo credit: Ashleigh SlingsbyWelcome to our January newsletter!

Happy new year! We wish our community of social protection practitioners and advocates a fruitful year. To kick off 2018, we are show-casing social protection content that highlights challenges and approaches to financing social protection.

The feasibility and logistics of financing social protection programmes, with the ambition of establishing social protection floors with universal coverage, is a priority issue among government officials and international development agencies, globally. Fostering domestic political will and mobilising the support of international donors has been recognised as crucial for the realisation of sound, sustainable and effective social protection systems.

Effectively executed social protection policies and programmes have the capacity to positively impact human capital accumulation and poverty reduction, thereby serving as a key enabler of inclusive economic growth at large. 
Financing options include increasing tax revenues; expanding social security coverage and contributory revenues; lobbying for increased aid; borrowing or restructuring debt; and redirecting existing resources. We invite you to explore these and more approaches in this month's newsletter!

Check out this United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) infographic on cash based assistance. Their approach is informed by solid institutional policies & procedures, innovative tools and the ambition of increasing capacities.

Take a look at these up to date publications on financing social protection:
Fiscal Space for Social Protection and the SDGs: Options to Expand Social Investments in 187 Countries (2017)
International Labour Organization (ILO)

This paper presents eight financing alternatives, demonstrating how fiscal space for social protection exists even in the poorest countries.
Aging and Long Term Care Systems: A Review of Finance and Governance Arrangements in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific (2017)
The World Bank Group.

Ageing is an issue rendering long-term care (LTC) one of the most pressing policy areas in OECD countries. Read these country system approaches for the delivery of sustainable LTC.
Conditional cash transfer programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean: Coverage and investment trends(2017)
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Read this document on the evolution of coverage and investment in conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes. It provides data on budgets, expenditure, coverage and transfer amounts of each CCT programme.
Basic Income as a policy option:
Can it add up?
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Achieving universal income support demands reforms introduced in stages. This requires a parallel debate on how to finance a more equal sharing of the benefits of economic growth.
The Feasibility of a Universal Social Pension in the Philippines (2017)
HelpAge International and the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE)

Read about the feasibility of introducing a universal social pension that would provide a guaranteed minimum income for old age Filipinos.

Programme Profiles
We invite you to check out our platform’s compilation of unconditional cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

Virtual Campus: Webinars
We invite you to register for this month's upcoming webinars:
16 January
13:00 (GMT)
Benefit Package Design for
Universal Health Coverage:

The case of Indonesia
18 January
14:00 (GMT)
Social accountability in the delivery of social protection: Unpacking the concept
organised by HelpAge International
25 January 
12:00 (GMT)
Why is social protection vital to ensure that no person with a disability is left behind?
organised by Development Pathways
Interested in financing social protection? We recommend you watch the recordings of the webinars from our Fiscal Space for Social Protection Webinar Series:
1. Inequality and Redistribution: Taxes and Transfers.
Harmonization of Contributory and Non-Contributory Programmes.
Social compacts for sustainable financing of social protection systems.
Constituency Building and Fiscal Space for Social Protection - Navigating Political Space.

Check out the summary of the Fiscal Space for Social Protection Webinar Series. We are pleased to announce a new Series will be launched this year, organised by HelpAge International and the IPC-IG.

We also invite you to check out these blogs on financing social protection:

Highlight event of the month:
Universal Social Protection: Towards a Partnership for All

31 January 2018

New York,
the United States
Discussing the needs and opportunities in realising universal social protection systems to generate momentum for countries to achieve SDG 1.3.

Organised by the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations - New York and co-sponsored by GIZ, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland, the ILO, the World Bank Group, and the Global coalition for social protection floors.
Third Annual
Universal Health Coverage
Financing Forum

19 - 20 April 2018

Washington DC,
the United States
This event at the 2018 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, aims to shape a collective agenda on sustainable financing for universal health coverage (UHC) and provide a platform to advance knowledge and its application.

Co-hosted by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID and the World Bank Group.

Online Communities
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This Community, organised by HelpAge International and the IPC-IG, is dedicated to contributing to the creation of fiscally sustainable social protection systems.

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