Social Protection Floor Index 2017

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, a network of almost 100 NGOs and trade unions organisation worldwide, is happy to announce the publication of The Social Protection Floor Index (SPFI), Update and Country Studies (2017).

The Global Coalition for the Social Protection Floor (SPF) developed the Social Protection Floor Index (SPF Index) to indicate the financial size of national SPF gaps in 2015. The Index measures the amount of resources that a country would have to allocate to social transfers and health services in order to achieve the minimum level of income and health security that is required by Recommendation R. 202 concerning national floors of social protection of the International Labour Organization (ILO). R. 202 was unanimously adopted by the governments and social partner organisations of all ILO member countries in 2012.

The importance of the SPF concept has been expanded by the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Target 1.3 of the SDGs requires member countries to »implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable«. Other targets of the SDGs (most prominently target 3.8 on universal health protection) have a direct social protection content. On the whole, the SDGs have a comprehensive social protection agenda which is virtually identical to the SPF concept (Cichon 2017 (forthcoming)). This ensures that national SPFs remain prominent and relevant in the international debate on the future of social protection. At some stage the SPF Index can and should make an important contribution to monitoring progress towards the SDGs, and that in a way that is as transparent and accessible as possible for members, trade unions, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.