Ep. 12 | What will it take to achieve USP by 2030?

This month, we celebrate our first year of the Social Protection Podcast. Over 17 episodes, we have explored controversial ideas like Universal Basic Income, dived deep on landmark programmes like Bolsa Familia and explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social protection systems worldwide.

In this episode, we are talking about another ambitious agenda, Universal Social Protection or USP2030. Under the co-leadership of the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation, USP2030 was created with a mission to achieve social protection for all at any time. To this end, it urges countries and international partners to support the global commitment to implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, by 2030.

The third USP 2030 membership assembly will be held this month and we thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss one of the many paths to expanding social protection. We have asked our guests to reflect on approaches that blur the traditional lines between social assistance and social insurance and what it might take to reach that ambitious 2030 goal. 

This episode is part of the USP2030 campaign, created as a collaboration between the USP 2030 Secretariat and the socialprotection.org platform to increase awareness on the partnership, universal social protection, its related topics and recent initiatives on the subject.


Our guests for this episode are:

  • Maliki, Director for Poverty Alleviation and Community Empowerment, Ministry of National Development Planning
  • Shea McClanahan, Senior Social Policy Specialist, Development Pathways

Plus, to contribute to our monthly segment of ‘Quick Wins’ which highlights news, achievements, and research that have shaped recent developments and sparked our interest, we heard from:

  • Veronika Wodsak, Social Protection Policy Specialist, ILO



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Global partnership for Universal Social Protection to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals