Improving Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management (ILO component)


Project properties

GLO/19/53/EUR Africa Americas Asia and the Pacific World Ecuador Burkina Faso Malawi Uganda Senegal Angola Cambodia Ethiopia Cabo Verde Paraguay Peru Sri Lanka Bangladesh Myanmar Côte d'Ivoire Nepal Nigeria Togo European Union Completed This project is part of the Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All Outputs, outcomes and impact are identified separately by different country components


Improving synergies between social protection and PFM The action supports governments’ efforts to expand or refine life-course risk protection measures including their financing basis and redistributive effects and considering the broader demographic, strategic, economic and fiscal context within which they are to be realised. Consequent improvements are to be expected to legal, policy, fiscal and macroeconomic frameworks through complementary stages of coverage, alignment and better coordination of sectoral social protection instruments, their implementation and assertion of entitlements for the beneficiaries. Integration of the social protection system with other development interventions will broaden coverage further, at the same time as increasing the longer-term resilience of beneficiaries. For a country-owned social protection system to achieve its full potential, it must be developed and regularly revised in concert with national fiscal, health, education, employment, and economic policies. Incorporating social protection policies and programmes into a policy framework that ensures the sustainability and efficiency of social protection systems requires the support of partner countries' policymakers as well as the commitment of development partners to mainstream social protection at both political and technical levels. The Action’s intervention logic refers to the following results chain: 1) Further enhancements to the policy coherence in the design and financing of social protection (specific objective 1) will not only generate improvements in the effectiveness and impact of current and future EU budget support programmes but will also foster collaboration and mutual learning across policy sectors on the social needs, best practices and operational synergies of social protection interventions and their financing to ultimately achieve stable economic growth in a sustainable, equitable and inclusive manner. 2) The increased political recognition of the potential and value of social protection will benefit in turn from the Action’s support to better coordination, implementation and monitoring of different social protection programmes, and to capacity building at all levels (specific objective 2) thereby creating a more coherent and comprehensive overall social protection system. 3) Finally, through demonstrating the potential of social protection systems to meet basic needs and protect households and specifically respond to the differing demands in contexts of emergencies, forced displacement, structural fragility, crises or displacement, and to help creating income generating activities (specific objective 3), the Action will reinforce the importance of integrating social support into broader development and humanitarian policies, including through the participation of forcibly displaced persons in public social protection programmes, in order to achieve greater resilience of poor and vulnerable populations to family level and widespread shocks. The Action is based upon the underlying assumption that low-income economies and fragile countries generally already have co-existing social insurance schemes, covering only a minority of the working population, and a disconnected myriad of fragmented and uncoordinated poverty-targeted safety nets. To develop a comprehensive and inclusive social protection system, the intervention logic also highlights important cross cutting issues, namely the importance of strengthening national capacities, the adoption of a rights-based approach and national, participatory processes including social and national dialogue, gender responsiveness, disability inclusiveness and non-discrimination, paying attention to the environmental dimension, addressing the needs of informal economy and migrant workers and fostering knowledge creation, sharing and partnerships in order to enhance the project’s impact. Finally, the intervention logic mentions potential risks that mi...


  • 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
  • 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 5.4 Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 10.4 Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality


01.10.2019 - 28.02.2024


13,895,903 / 14,162,403 Development Cooperation

Timeline of linked projects

658 GLO/19/53/EUR 10 01 2019 02 28 2024
02 07 2017 12 31 2021 PRY/16/01/PRY Programa de fortalecimiento institucional del Instituto de Previsión Social (IPS) del Paraguay 665
12 01 2018 02 28 2021 SEN/18/01/EUR Revue générale du système de protection sociale au Sénégal et Appui à la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie nationale de Protection Sociale 403



Medical / health care Sickness Unemployment Old-age Employment injury Family/ child/ parental Maternity Disability Survivors Informal economy Building rights-based social protection systems Financing social protection Culture of social protection