Building Social Protection Floors for All
ILO Global Flagship Programme
Changing the lives of
millions of people to allow them to live a life in dignity.
Building Social Protection Floors for All
Read our Strategy
Read our Strategy
ILO Global Flagship Programme
The human right to social security is still not a reality for more than 4 billion people who are left totally unprotected without access to any social protection benefit.
The ILO's Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All, launched in early 2016, supports the implementation of social protection systems including floors, guided by ILO's social security standards.
Working across 50 priority countries, it aims to change the lives of millions of people by 2025 and provide evidence on ILO's contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals on social protection.
20 million previously excluded people are now covered by law
Effective coverage
30 million previously excluded people have access to social protection
Adequacy and comprehensiveness
10 million previously covered people enjoy higher levels of protection
Ambition 2025

Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Our Vision
Our vision is a world where all countries have national social protection systems that:

Provide adequate social protection to all their population throughout their lives, prevent poverty, reduce inequality and combat social exclusion;

   Are not temporary arrangements, but robust, reliable and sustainable mechanisms;

   Should be built on national consensus achieved through inclusive social dialogue;

   Should be embedded in law to provide rights and obligations for current and future generations;

   Should be adequately and sustainably financed.
This includes access to health care, family allowances, unemployment benefits, old age and disability pensions, and maternity benefits, among others, working in tandem with services, including child, health and long term care services.
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Our value proposition
Through its Flagship Programme the ILO and its partners make the shared ambition of universal social protection a reality in at least 50 countries.
Through their contribution to the Flagship Programme and synergies across projects, development partners help achieve
much wider and sustainable changes than through standalone projects.
Our approach
Supporting 50 priority countries to develop their national social protection systems following a three-step approach.
Pillar 1
Supporting countries in
16 thematic areas and strengthening the knowledge base.
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Pillar 2
Working with social partners, development partners, the UN family, and the social protection community.
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Pillar 3
Find out more about our projects, results, and ambition at country level
Our results framework
Our progress
Results Monitoring Tool
The employment benefit scheme was designed and its law adopted in November 2020.
ILO supported the Government of Honduras to strengthen the financial governance of its public pension scheme
The first social security scheme was established in 2017. A cash-transfer programme was set up to mitigate the immediate effects of COVID-19, reaching almost 300,000 households.
The National Social Security Fund implemented its health and maternity scheme covering 2.5 million workers. The Social Security Law was revised; a new pension scheme was designed and its sub-decree adopted.
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180 staff based in
50 countries
and territories
Providing support
to over 150 countries
and territories
Our team covers all branches of social security and supports building social protection systems from A to Z, helping to leave no one behind.
Timely response
A large field presence allows for quick responses to constituent needs, coupled with additional specialized expertise provided through regional specialists and experts
in Headquarters.
Adaptable approach
Through recurrent discussions with its constituents, and daily work in the countries, the ILO adapts its approaches to the changing world of work and ensures that social protection systems are responsive to new and emerging challenges.
The Global Technical Team is made up of country teams, regional, and global experts who facilitate support to constituents, document experience, collect and consolidate results, and share good practices across the team.

The Technical Support Facility is a part of the GTT and complements country teams by providing timely and high quality support on strengthening different thematic areas of social protection in line with ILO Standards.
Meet our Global Technical Team
Meet our Global Technical Team
Supporting social protection in Thailand
Financing gaps in social protection
Handbook for social health
protection for refugees
Extending social security
to workers in informal
Rapid Social Protection Cost Calculator
This tool supports countries to make rapid adjustments to social protection systems in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Responses to the COVID-19 crisis require an adequate assessment of their impact on the cost of social protection programmes. In normal times, such assessments can be made well in advance and based on comprehensive information and sophisticated actuarial modules. But the COVID-19 crisis is forcing many countries to make rapid assessments.
Funding Gaps
Our partners have made the Flagship Programme a success!
The budget for implementing the second phase of Flagship Programme from 2021 to 2025 is estimated at 160 million USD of which 81 per cent will be allocated to in-country support, 15 per cent to cross-country policy advice and 4 per cent to the management of the Flagship programme.

Our resource gap is 75 million USD - potential partners can join the ILO today to help meet our goals and change the lives of millions of people
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Our partners
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UN Social Protection Floors Initiative
Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors
Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
Step 1: adopting national social protection strategies

Step 2: designing and reforming schemes embedded in law

Step 3: improving operations