Welcome to the June socialprotection.org newsletter!

A century ago, few countries had social protection systems in place. Today, a concerted effort is being made to extend social protection coverage and benefits in almost every country. There has been a push to develop and adopt international standards, providing a framework for the right to social security.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, and the ILO and World Bank Global Partnership on Universal Social Protection (USP2030) reflect the global commitment to guarantee a basic level of social security to all, incapsulated in the concept, ‘universal social protection’.

Progress has been achieved in the expansion of social protection, however gaps remain, with 71% of the world’s population having no or only partial access to comprehensive social protection systems (
ILO, 2017). Challenges are pressing and evolving in the delivery of universal social protection. This accounts for a global effort to discuss the needs and opportunities in realising universal social protection systems, as was seen in the open forum event, Universal Social Protection: Towards a Partnership for All, which took place on 31 January this year.

The important role of social protection for inclusive economic growth is showcased by efforts in strengthening social protection systems in a number of low- and middle- income countries, demonstrating how universal social protection is an ambition that can be achieved. This month’s newsletter highlights such initiatives as well as challenges in the pursuit of universal social protection.

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This month we share the following publications that address the role of social protection in the informal market:

Social Development Policy Guides: How to Design Inclusive Social Protection Systems (2018)

by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Find out why universal schemes are better at reaching the poor than targeted schemes, and what policy options to consider to support this design.
Data and Information Management for Social Protection, How You Do It Matters! (2018)

by Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

This infographic analyses the way social registries are set-up and how this affects what can be achieved! A more integrated system supports universal coverage capacity.
World Social Protection Report 2017-19: Universal social protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)

by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Take a look at a global overview on trends in social protection systems, including social protection floors and detailed country data on SDG 1.3.1.
Health for All, All for Health: Lessons from the universalization of health care in emerging economies (2017)

by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Achieving universal health coverage requires more than resources to expand coverage to the entire population. It requires balanced and integrated policy solutions.
Universal Social Protection: Country cases (2016)

by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank Group

There is no “one size fits all” in achieving universal social protection. Read the first country cases under USP2030. These include evidence that universal social protection is feasible in developing countries.

We invite policy makers and practitioners to apply to TRANSFORMplaces are limited!

9 July - 14 September

(applications close
21 June 2018

Apply to the next “Leadership & Transformation Curriculum on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa” (TRANSFORM) e-course, organised by the TRANSFORM. The course is free, has a ten-week duration, requiring a five hour a week commitment.

Register for this month's upcoming webinar:
21 June 2018

11:00 - 12:30 GMT

28 June 2018

13:30 - 15:00 GMT

Past webinars addressing universal social protection:

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