Promoting and building social protection in Asia (3rd phase): Extending social security coverage in ASEAN


Project properties

RAS/16/03/JPN Asia and the Pacific Brunei Darussalam Malaysia Myanmar Cambodia Lao PDR Indonesia Singapore Viet Nam Thailand Philippines Japan Completed Evaluation available: Interim This project is part of the Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All


There is globally and in the Asia Pacific region a growing consensus that the establishment of social protection floors is a key element of the policy framework to reduce poverty and inequalities and achieve inclusive and sustainable development. It is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. During the past decade, ASEAN countries have made progress in extending social protection, with the emergence of statutory schemes in all ASEAN countries. However, coverage and level of protection across the population and across countries remain unequal and insufficient. There is still a need for improving policy and institutional framework for the effective and efficient delivery of social protection. In October 2013, ASEAN Heads of State adopted a Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, pledging for the completion of social protection floors as a priority to achieve growth with equity. The Regional Framework for Strengthening Social Protection and its Plan of Action, adopted by the ASEAN Heads of State in November 2015, includes among its priorities the extension of social security coverage among informal economy workers, selfemployed and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) workers. Building on the achievements of the past two phases of the ILO/Japan Project on Promoting and Building Social Protection in Asia (2011-2013 and 2014-2016), and the solid partnership with ASEAN Member States, a third phase of the Project has been agreed as a component of the ILO’s Global Social Protection Programme. The new phase aims specifically at fostering knowledge, capacity and expertise for extending social security coverage in ASEAN. The project intends to generate better knowledge, understanding and expertise on extension of social security, and stimulate South-South cooperation across ASEAN Member States. The project provides direct support to Indonesia and Viet Nam, and to a certain extend to Myanmar, for increasing social protection coverage. Lessons learnt, experiences and good practices from the three countries will be disseminated across the ASEAN Member States and worldwide.


  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable


01.04.2016 - 31.07.2019


1,989,613 / 2,007,076 Development Cooperation

Timeline of linked projects

104 RAS/16/03/JPN 04 01 2016 07 31 2019
01 01 2014 12 31 2015 IDN/14/02/RBS Support to the finalized design, endorsement and pilot testing of the single window for social protection and employment services, called Single Referral System (SRS) 161
01 01 2014 02 28 2018 MMR/14/02/RBS Support to buid a national social protection strategy 168
07 01 2014 05 31 2015 RAS/14/52/ROK Supporting the implementation of sustainable social protection floors for the workers and their families in ASEAN 155
01 01 2016 12 31 2017 Indonesia - Government and social partners have greater capacity in designing and implementing social protection policies and programmes (country programme 2016-17) 215
12 20 2016 12 31 2022 VNM/16/54/IRL Viet Nam - Inclusive growth, social protection and jobs 79
01 01 2017 12 31 2017 RAS/16/52/JPN Promoting and Building Social Protection in Asia - Extending Social Security Coverage in ASEAN 85
01 01 2018 12 31 2019 Indonesia - Inclusive and better managed social protection system for all workers in formal and informal economies (country programme 2018-19) 831
01 01 2018 12 31 2019 Viet Nam - Strengthened national capacities and knowledge base for the effective implementation of social security policies and strategies. (country programme 2018-19) 836