Social Protection

Building social protection floors and comprehensive social security systems


Successful Social Protection Floor Experiences

Sharing Innovative Experience

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The present publication was produced in partnership between the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Social Protection Floors (SPF) are one of the most successful tools in reducing social vulnerabilities and making progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Every country has some elements of social protection already in place and provides certain levels of benefits for a segment of the population in the areas of income security, health, water and sanitation, education etc.

The volume highlights 18 case studies on social protection policies from 15 countries of the global South. It is the first to bring together examples of good social protection floor practices for South-South learning. The knowledge, expertise and experience that these countries have gained in their own efforts of establishing an SPF represent a valuable source for other countries interested in planning, expanding, extending or reorienting their own SPF systems.

The case studies were written by representatives from national and local governmental agencies, scientific institutions and national practitioners as a learning tool. They were selected out of 36 submissions from 24 different countries by a committee from ILO, UNICEF and the Special Unit. The cases were peer reviewed and discussed before the publication during an international workshop in Turin with all the participating authors.

We hope that this collection of good practices will be a useful tool for all stakeholders involved in decision-making or in the process of building and implementing national social protection floors.


1. Extension of the Universal Family Allowance: The Universal Child Allowance – Argentina

2. The Dignity Pension (Renta Dignidad): A Universal Old-age Pension Scheme – Bolivia

3. Broadening Social Protection and Integrating Social Policies – Brazil

4. The Rural Social Insurance Programme – Brazil

5. Building a Social Protection Floor – Burkina Faso

6. The National Social Protection Strategy for the Poor and Vulnerable: Process of Development –  Cambodia

7. The Red Protege, the Social Protection System, 2006-2010 – Chile

8. Developing a Basic Rural Medical Security System – China

9. The Subsidized Health-care Scheme in the Social Protection System – Colombia

10. Towards a Universal Pension Protection Scheme – Ecuador

11. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana – India

12. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act – India

13. A Social Protection Floor – Mexico

14. Setting Up a Social Protection Floor – Mozambique

15. Social Protection: An Ongoing Process – Rwanda

16. Child Support Grants – South Africa

17. The Universal Coverage Scheme – Thailand

18. The 500 Baht Universal Pension Scheme – Thailand