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
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
30 million previously excluded people have access to social protection
Adequacy and comprehensiveness
10 million previously covered people enjoy higher levels of protection
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 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;
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.
Supporting 50 priority countries to develop their national social protection systems following a
Find out more about our projects, results, and ambition at country level
Our results framework
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.
Providing support to over 150 countries and territories
Expertise 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.
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.
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.
Social Protection Monitor ILO's Social Protection Monitor is based on a systematic analysis of media/news published online. The
Monitor tracks announcements of measures that affect the functioning of a social protection system, from
minor parametric adjustments to major developments and reforms, as well as social subsidies. The Monitor
is a useful source to update and complement the comprehensive global social protection statistics reported
in the ILO Social Security Inquiry.
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 .