Social Protection Floor Index

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, a network of almost 90 NGOs and trade unions organisation worldwide, is happy to announce the publication of The Social Protection Floor Index (SPFI), Monitoring National Social Protection Policy Implementation. The Index was developed by a group of master students from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance under the supervision of Michael Cichon.

The Index (SPFI) is a composite indicator based on the SPFs Recommendation No.202, which serves as a conceptual framework. It measures the potential costs (in % of GDP) to close gaps in the national social protection floor (gaps in income security and health security).


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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), The Africa Platform for Social Protection and SOLIDAR have published eight country reports with the result of their Social Protection Monitor in Africa and the Carribbean. The main question they tackle is, 'How to mainstream social protection in the European Development Fund's (EDF) National Inidcative Programmes (NIPs)?

The Agenda 2030 as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda have reiterated governments’ commitment to the realisation of decent work and social protection for all:

"We are committed to ending poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including by eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. All people must enjoy a basic standard of living, including through social protection systems."

(Agenda 2030, paragraph 24)

The EU, through its development cooperation policy and programs, is already greatly contributing to the achievement of these objectives. The forthcoming review of the National Indicative Programs (NIPs) negotiated in the framework of the 11th European Development Fund, can be an opportunity to further pursue the progressive realization of the right to decent work and social protection for all and better align EDF program with the Agenda 2030 spirit.

Through the Social Protection Monitor African and Caribbean CSOs will tell us how...

The Programme on Women’s Economic Social Cultural Rights (PWESCR), which is a founding member of the Global Coalition of Social Protection Floors, with support from Bread for the World convened a three-day meeting of the Core Group members of the Coalition, especially from the global South in New Delhi, India. Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), networks and individual activists working on social security and social protection issues attended the meeting. This meeting was meant to share the concept of social protection floor and how organisations and groups from the South can effectively engage with the global advocacy and campaign for SPF. The meeting was conceived as an initiator for reaching out to more organisations, groups and networks in the South, for expanding the Coalition and also for initiating a process of building country-level advocacy and action plans.

You can read the Charter of Recommendations adopted in English and Arabic.



Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

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SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provides medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aims to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.

This initiative is implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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