​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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?'

> Scoping and Sector Review of Socia​l Protection in Somaliland

> Social Ex​clusion​

> 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?

Online Courses and Further Education in Social Protection

Please see here on this dedicated page»​


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:​ 

Taking stock at the one-year mark: social protection during COVID-19 and beyond​
25 March 2021​​​​​

COVID-19 et sécurité sociale en Afrique de l’Ouest – réponse à la crise et innovation
16 March 2021​​​

The impact of the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic on poverty and inequality
23 February 2021​​​

From COVID-19 Response to Broader Social Protection Reform – Regional Experiences
4 February 2021

Leave ​no one behind: mov​ing the agenda forward
21 January 2021​

​​​​For further past webinars, pleas​e​ s​ee he​re»​