​​​Social Protection

Social protection is the set of public and private initiatives designed to support all people across the life-cycle, providing protection against social and economic risks and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Well-designed social protection systems ensure a minimum income and equitable access to essential services for the poor and vulnerable, enable people to cope with shocks and ensure dignity. Social protection both prevents people from falling into acute poverty and enables sustainable escape out of poverty.

Social protection can be provided through three main modalities: social assistance (non-contributory transfers and social care services to address special needs), social insurance (contributory schemes to protect against risks) and labour market policies (livelihood promotion and labour standards). Social protection systems ideally comprise the three modalities, which are complementary to cover different needs. 
Social protection is an essential component of the 2030 Agenda and an effective approach to contribute to SDC's priorities. It contributes to sustainable poverty alleviation, to human development, to inclusive economic growth and to social cohesion. In humanitarian contexts, it offers opportunities to bridge emergency responses to longer-term solutions. Social protection can tackle the root causes of vulnerability, exclusion and inequality, including of gender inequality. It is a central approach to leaving no one behind.  

> Article: Dispelling the Myth of Welfare Dependency

> Development Pathways Study: "I feel more loved." Autonomy, self-worth and Kenya's universal pension

> Information on gender-responsive social protection

> ILO Report of Global Social Protection Week 2019

> OECD Report 'Can Social Protection be an Engine for Inclusive Growth?'

> Social Exclusion

> The Human Rights-Based Approach to Social Protection

> The SDC and Social Protection

> Webinar on Gender and Social Protection: Challenging the narrative... on gender

> What has the COVID-19 crisis taught us about social protection?

Webinars on role of social protection in response to COVID-19

The knowledge-sharing platform on social protection currently offers several webinars on the role of social protection in response to the pandemic:

15 July 2020

Why are human rights considerations fundamental to social protection responses to COVID-19?
14 July 2020

COVID-19 Aftershocks: Out of Time to End Hunger and Child Poverty by 2030​
10 July 2020

Impact of COVID-19 and social protection: What measures work?​
8 July 2020
Poverty monitoring in the context of Covid-19
15 June 2020
Identification and registration of beneficiaries for SP responses in the wake of COVID-19: challenges and opportunities
2 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on public works programs: policy options in the short and medium term​
26 May 2020

Linking Social Protection and humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) – what do we really know and where to start? Findings from the CaLP commissioned high level briefing paper at the time of COVID-19
21 May 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on care politics
19 May 2020​​

Coronavirus Crisis – Challenges and Responses: maintaining essential health services while responding to COVID-19
12 May 2020
Social protection financing in the wake of COVID-19 and beyond5 May 2020
 Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on formal sector workers: (potential) social protection responses
28 April 2020
 Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on employment: (potential) solutions for informal/ self-employed workers
21 April 2020
Lessons learned and Opportunities: Linking social protection systems to humanitarian cash in a pandemic
16 April 2020
 G2P Payments in COVID-19 context: key areas of action and experiences from country emergency action
14 April 2020
 Social protection responses to COVID-19: Actions that can make a difference for older people9 April 2020
 How can social protection systems respond to the COVID-19 crisis?7 April 2020
 Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond31 March 2020