Social Justice in Global Development

Building Social Protection Floors in developing countries

Social protection needs to be a fundamental part of national economic and development policy in all countries in order to realize the economic and social rights of all the world's people.  SocDevJustice has joined with other civil society organizations to fight, especially in developing countries, for adequate floors of basic social protection along the life cycle, from infant and child support through social pensions for the elderly. We do this primarily as a founding member of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), a global network of over 100 civil society organizations and trade unions. See GCSPF website here >>>

For background on the role of social protection in reducing inequality, see detais here >>>

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the lead United Nations agency assisting countries in building social protection floors. See its work at the link here >>> and a background video illustrating social protection policies in different parts of the developing world. See video here >>>

 The work on social protection in which SocDevJustice currently engages includes 

  • providing expertise and advocacy in the development of a new institutional view on prioritising social protection and other forms of social spending by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its interactions with developing countries. See our joint statement here >>> 
  • participating in "side events" on social protection accompanying official meetings at the United Nations and at the spring and annual joint meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.  See e.g. here >>> 
  • advocating for inclusion of sustainably financed social protection in international agreements.  See details here >>>
  • assisting the European Union-supported joint programme on improving  synergies between social protection and public finance management in four developing countries, Cambodia, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda (see details here >>>), and in 
  • supporting global advocacy campaigns of the GCSPF. 

 The current global advocacy campaign focuses on mobilizing international support for creating an international fund to help finance technical assistance and support for social protection programmes in developing countries. The most recent initiative is the letter to the Group of 20 major economy countries. See letter to the G20 here>>>