Successful social protection floor experiences

An international workshop entitled “South-South Exchange on Social Protection Floor Success Stories” will take place in the framework of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation - ILO Project “Sharing Innovative Experiences” at the ITC-ILO on 8 and 9 July 2010. The results of the meeting will serve as input to global policy formulation.

The UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other UN agencies participating in the Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I) have selected 19 social protection floor experiences in 16 countries to present at this South-South knowledge-sharing workshop.  They will form the nucleus of a publication consisting of SPF success stories, in the “Sharing Innovative Experiences” series on setting up a social protection floor among countries in the South of the world. The publication will document factors involved in setting up national social protection floors to provide basic social protection for people not covered at present.

The 19 nominees will present their social protection floor initiatives at a two-day workshop at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization.

The UN Social Protection Floor Initiative addresses the need for universal access to essential social transfers and services, such as health care, child benefits, pensions and guaranteed minimum income. At the moment, 80% of the world’s people do not enjoy a set of social guarantees that allow them to deal with life's risks. Ensuring basic social protection is a necessity and a right embedded in the Decent Work agenda, in numerous international frameworks and in national constitutions.  Furthermore, the recent financial crisis highlighted the inter-relatedness and mutual support between social protection and employment, providing greater evidence of the impact of social protection on a national economy and on pro-poor growth.

Many developing countries have taken successful measures to introduce components of a national social protection floor. Knowledge shared by countries who have implemented components of the SPF can inform and support other countries in their planning of a social protection floor and in their efforts to build, extend or redirect their social protection systems.

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