The Social Protection Indicator for Asia – tracking developments in social protection


This webinar presented the main findings of ADB’s forthcoming publication, the Social Protection Indicator in Asia, one of two regional reports (the other is on the Pacific) on the subject, providing an analysis of 2018 data on social protection programs in 26 countries in Asia. Updating the 2015 analysis published in Social Protection Indicator for Asia: Assessing Progress (ADB 2019), and in addition to providing the social protection trends in 2018, the report also contains thematic chapters on social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; the constraints and opportunities in producing and analyzing social protection data and statistics at a national and regional levels; and the challenges in identifying people with disabilities and measuring disability prevalence for effective monitoring of disability-focused social protection measures. Access the Executive Summary of the publication.

The report uses the Social Protection Indicator (SPI) to assess the nature and effectiveness of social protection both within and across the countries of the region. The SPI, developed by ADB in 2005 as a tool for monitoring and analyzing social protection programming and spending in the region, shows the level of resources invested in social protection, the extent of coverage, benefit levels, and the distribution of expenditure in terms of poverty, gender, and disability.

The webinar aimed to:

  • share the report’s findings widely
  • draw lessons for how social protection can be supported and expanded in Asia
  • identify concrete ways forward in strengthening data collection and analysis for social protection programming in Asia   

Opening: Wendy Walker, Chief of Social Development Thematic Group, ADB


Babken Babajanian, Associate Professorial Lecturer, London School of Economics

Nuno Cunha, Senior Social Protection Technical Specialist, ILO

Ludovico Carraro, Independent Development Consultant

Enkhtsetseg Byambaa, Lecturer and Researchers at National University of Mongolia

Closing: Markus Ruck, Specialist on Social Protection, ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific

Moderator: Jessica Owens, Regional Advisor, Social Policy, UNICEF ROSA

On June 9, this series covered the Pacific region at the 'The Social Protection Indicator for the Pacific – tracking developments in social protection' webinar. Access it here.


This webinar is part of the Asia-Pacific Social Protection Series. Become a member of the Online Community to receive news, publications and relevant content about social protection in the region.