The basic social protection tool is a costing model, developed by the ILO, which will estimate the cost and feasibility of providing a set of basic social protection interventions (implemented through social transfers in cash and in kind) :
- Access to basic health care
- Access to basic education
- Basic universal pensions: old-age (for selected age groups) and disability benefits (at selected benefit level)
- Child benefits, for orphans or for all children of selected age groups (at selected benefit level)
- Targeted assistance to (selected percentage) of poor households (if applied, it excludes basic universal pensions and child benefit) at selected benefit level.
The model consists of two modules: a costing module and a distribution module.
- The costing module estimates the costs of introducing basic social protection measures. The module is a simple and robust quantitative deterministic "if-then" model with long-term projections (30 years). Projections are based on interlinks between demographic parameters, macro-economic parameters (i.e. economic growth, productivity and inflation which are treated as exogenous variables) and social protection benefits. The model projects expenditure and revenues in the social and public sectors in form of extended budget scenarios based on exogenous assumptions for key parameters of the model. The model takes into account country specific information on demographic developments as well as macro-economic developments.
- The distribution module estimates the extent of poverty reduction through the cash benefits under the selected social protection measures.
There is a manual available which is meant to be a guide to help you to use the costing model. It provides detailed instructions, explanations of each of the items, and information on how to find the necessary data.