blog iconUniversal child benefits: The curious case of Mongolia

Up to now, Mongolia has been famous for Genghis Khan, nomadic herders and grand wrestling competitions in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. But, it can now add to its list of fame that it is the only developing nation to introduce universal child benefits! Worldwide, close to one in seven...

blog iconThe two lives of social protection: the tale of cash transfers and social security

Here’s a curious tale about two very different forms of social protection: one is much loved by researchers, the media and donors, but its charms are debatable; the other is too often shunned by academia, commentators and funders despite holding greater promise and staying-power. We could call them ‘cash transfers’...

blog iconMongolia and Kyrgyzstan lose out in their struggle with the IMF over the targeting of child benefits

All those supporting inclusive social protection will be sad to hear that, in the past couple of months, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia have both lost out to the International Monetary Fund in their struggles to establish universal child benefits. The IMF has obliged both countries to target their schemes at those...

Publication IconSocial Protection for Informal Workers in Asia

A book addressing gaps in social protection for informal workers in Asia that discusses  issues  that need to be addressed, including financing,  design,  governance,  and  political economy. Chapter 7 by...

Our Work IconIdentifying good practices on using data for policy and advocacy on ageing

Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. Virtually every country is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older...

Our Work IconBuilding inclusive social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific

Despite significant expansion of social protection coverage across Asia and the Pacific, some 60 percent of people are still excluded from adequate social protection, the Asian Development Bank estimates. In...

Publication IconWhy We Need Social Protection

This e-learning guide, developed by UNESCAP with Development Pathways, raises awareness of the role social protection systems can play in tackling poverty.

Publication IconHow to Design Inclusive Social Protection Systems

The policy guide sets out a step-by-step process of extending coverage in order to realise the right to social security for all, citing a number of examples including Nepal, a low-income nation that introduced an old age pension for everyone aged 75 years and over and a scheme for widows aged 60 years.

Publication IconHow to Implement Inclusive Social Protection Schemes

The practical guidance How to Implement Inclusive Social Protection Schemes outlines the need for effective operational delivery to ensure the right amount of money is paid to the right person at...