SP&PFM Programme Overview

The programme on "Improving synergies between social protection and public finance management" is supported by the European Commission- Directorate General for Development and International Cooperation and aims to support countries in their efforts to work towards achieving universal social protection coverage, in line with the human right to social security and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

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Under approach 1, which is implemented jointly by UNICEF, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, the programme supports eight pre-identified countries, notably Angola, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Paraguay, Senegal and Uganda.

The approach 2, which is under the ILO's responsibility, provides on-demand medium-term technical advisory services to an additional 15-20 countries to strengthen their social protection systems, in particular through better public finance management and improved implementation systems. The following 10 countries were selected for first call for proposals with a thematic focus on social protection responses to COVID-19: Bangladesh, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Malawi, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Togo. 


The general objective of the programme is to increase the population's universal social protection coverage in partner countries preferably but not limited to those benefiting from EU funded budget support operations.

The specific objective 1 is to improve partner countries’ design and financing of social protection systems in support of their efforts towards SDGs 1 and 10.

Result 1.1: Adequate, sustainable and gender-sensitive social protection financing through improved cross-sector coordination to achieve progressively universal social protection.

Result 1.2: Enhanced evidence and availability of tools that support national evidence-based decision-making and encourage supra-national coordination and benchmarking of good practices

 The specific objective 2 is to support governments in implementing and monitoring effective gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive social protection systems and programmes for all

Result 2.1: Strengthened capacities of partner countries to achieve the best impact of diversified sources of funding for social protection, prioritizing women, children, persons with disabilities, informal economy workers, migrant workers and forcibly displaced people.

Result 2.2: Strengthened knowledge and technical capacities of partner countries at national and sub-national levels to plan, deliver, monitor and report on social protection programmes, with participation of training institutions, civil society and social partners.

The specific objective 3 envisages assisting partner countries in developing and applying shock-sensitive social protection programmes and systems adapted to the needs of those living in protracted fragility and crises, including forcibly displaced persons.

Result 3.0: Increased capacities of partner countries in the context of emergencies, natural disasters, forced displacements, protracted fragility and crises to establish contingency plans and multi-year funding strategies to run adaptive social protection mechanisms.