Chile’s Inter-sectoral Social Protection System and its Familia Program


Recording of the webinar "Chile's Inter-sectoral Social Protection System and its Familia Program" hosted by the platform on 20th April 2017. SPEC Webinar Series

This webinar – the third webinar organized by Social Protection for Employment Community (SPEC) at – shares Chilean experiences in designing and implementing an integrated social protection system, the Inter-sectoral Social Protection System, particularly on its Familia program.

The Inter-sectoral Social Protection System consists of three subsystems: (1) Chile Crece Contigo (Chile grows with you), an early childhood development subsystem; (2) Seguridades y Oportunidades (Securities and Opportunities), formerly known as Chile Solidario; (3) and Cuidados (Care), an inclusion subsystem providing protection to households with elderly or family members with any disability.

Seguridades y Oportunidades is a subsystem that coordinates the delivery of a range of social services and benefits provided by different government institutions to improve the general wellbeing and social cohesion among Chile’s poorest and most vulnerable families and other specific priority groups[1].

Familia program is a part of the Seguridades y Oportunidades (S&O) subsystem implemented by the Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS). It provides psychosocial and socio-occupational support to beneficiary families over a period of 24 months delivered at the local-level by family support counsellors. Furthermore, through the accompaniment, the family members are also referred to other social programs, that are of preferential or exclusive access to S&O beneficiaries, to help them to achieve their specific goals. Also, the Familia Program is complemented by cash transfers, conditional and unconditional, which contribute to the general strategy of improving the quality of life of its beneficiaries.

In this webinar, FOSIS presented the main design features of the Familia Program, with an emphasis in the socio-occupational accompaniment dimension and its linkages with other FOSIS programs which aim at income generation, vocational skills acquisition and training. An overview of the key success factors and challenges on the implementation of the program was also presented. The Q&A part allowed delving into the technical aspects of the implementation.

Together with the webinar it was launched the report Linking Social Protection with Productive Inclusion, prepared by GIZ and authored by February Amelia Curry. This report builds on valuable and vast experience from representatives of Chile, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines shared during the "Linking Social Protection with Productive Inclusion", a global practitioners learning event that took place in Mexico City, Mexico, from 2-4 September 2015.


  • Mauricio Ríos, Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS), Chile
  • Claudio Prim, Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS), Chile


  • Simone Cecchini, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile


  • Cecilia Chávez Mendoza, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Peru


  • 10 mins   Introduction (Cecilia Chávez)
  • 25 mins   Presentation on the Familia Program (Mauricio Ríos and Claudio Prim, FOSIS)
  • 10 mins   Comments on the presentation (Simone Cecchini)
  • 50 mins   Questions & Answer (Claudio Prim, Mauricio Ríos, and FOSIS’ expert support team)
  • 05 mins   Closing (Cecilia Chávez)


This webinar was the third of the Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Employment webinar series, which was organised by GIZ and SPEC. Please join the Online Community Social Protection in MENA if you are interested in following the most recent discussions on the topic.


[1] Elderly, minors (young people under the age of eighteen) under the supervision of an adult parent or guardian as well as homeless people.