GCSPF E-Newsletter #6- November 2017

e-GCSPF # 6 - November 2017

A panel on “Financing Universal Social Protection in Developing Countries” was held at the Civil Society Forum at the Annual Meetings of IMF and World Bank Group last October 11, 2017.
Read here the notes of the session.
Barry Herman, moderated the session, his statement to open the session is here.
Rachel Moussié (WIEGO) spoke on behalf of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors. Read here her intervention.

The GCSPF presented a statement in the opening session of the 2nd ILO Development Partners Meeting, ILO Global Flagship Programme on Social Protection Floors, that was held in Geneva last 25 October 2017.
The coalition claimed for meaningful participatory engagement of all including civil society and people who are entitled to social protection floor coverage is crucial in our efforts. The coalition also talked about financing social protection systems, as there is a national and an international responsibility to guarantee social protection for all. Read more

The informal economy comprises half to three-quarters of all non-agricultural employment in the developing countries, Roberto Bissio, coordinator of the Social Watch international secretariat in an article on "Past and future of informal workers" published by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) as part of its report on informality in the Arab region.
The study combats the notion that informality in developing countries is associated with "traditional" or "backward" sectors in the economy, and exposes as contributors to present-day informality the pressure to reduce the state and its control by international financial institutions like the World Bank, the benefits obtained by multinational corporations from cheaper labour and flexibility in workers' contracts and the "uberification" of the economy through online outsourcing of small pieces of work. Read more

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is joining the Global Coalition. Kate Donald (Director, Human Rights in Development Program) will be working with us. Her email is:
CESR's mission is to work for the recognition and enforcement of economic and social rights as a powerful tool for promoting social justice and human dignity. CESR exposes violations of economic and social rights through an interdisciplinary combination of legal and socioeconomic research and analysis. Together with civil society groups around the world, CESR advocates for changes to economic and social policy at the international, national and local levels so as to ensure these comply with international human rights standards.
CESR works in three main areas: Human rights in economic policy; Human rights in Sustainable Development and rights claiming and accountability.
For more information please visit their website at



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Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

Civil society organizations and trade unions unite to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to protect the most vulnerable.

Social Security for All

Civil society organizations and trade unions call governments and international financial institutions to make a commitment to create social security systems that enable everyone to realize their rights. Governments and financial institutions should end policies that have been failing millions of people.

SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provided medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aimed to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.
This initiative was implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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