The potential of the socialprotection.org platform to support policymaking and innovation on social protection: Overview of the impact of the platform from September 2015 to December 2018
There has been major progress in the reduction of extreme poverty globally in the past 25 years. According to the most recent poverty data produced by the World Bank (2018), the extreme poverty rate fell from 36 per cent in 1990 to 10 per cent in 2015.
However, extreme poverty rates remain persistently high in low-income countries and in those countries most affected by conflict and political unrest. In addition, the speed of the decline has slowed, which raises concerns about the feasibility of reaching the poverty-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Social protection policies and programmes can play a key role in sustaining and continuing the progress that has been achieved so far. Recent policy discourse has centred on generating more inclusive growth. Expanding coverage of social protection is also one of the targets of SDG 1 (target 1.3.1), precisely for its potential to protect people living in poverty, prevent people from falling into poverty, support the promotion of livelihoods and transform their lives and their communities in an inclusive manner.
Social protection can be defined as a set of policies and programmes designed to reduce and prevent poverty and vulnerability throughout the life cycle. Thus, it serves as a vital component of a comprehensive national development strategy aimed at supporting inclusive and sustainable growth by raising household incomes, fostering productivity and human development, boosting domestic demand, facilitating structural transformation of the economy and promoting decent work (International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2017, 38).
SOURCE: Aline Peres, Ashleigh Slingsby and Mariana Balboni. “The potential of the socialprotection.org platform to support policymaking and innovation on social protection: Overview of the impact of the platform from September 2015 to December 2018.” socialprotection.org, 2019.
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