Social Protection for all - An Action Guide
The global crises that have struck in recent years have left little doubt as to our vulnerability to changing circumstances. All over the world, the effects of the crisis coupled with globalisation, changing markets and economic, environmental and financial shocks are coming together to not only push those who are poor and vulnerable further into extreme poverty, but to continually create new vulnerable groups.
Despite the widespread acceptance that countries that had effective and efficient social security systems in place before the crisis hit were much better equipped to cope with its fallout, only 20% of the world’s population has adequate social protection coverage. Investment in a basic level of social protection for all is a fundamental human right, a social need, as well as an economic necessity. Most importantly, it is affordable: with only 2% of global GDP, all of the world’s poor could be provided with a social security.
Of course, the goal to achieve social protection and decent work for all cannot and will not be brought about without the watchful eye and resonating collective voice of the workers and other vulnerable groups whose lives it sets out to change. The integral and ongoing role of civil society and representative workers organisations must be supported and facilitated by the international community and national governments, and such organisations must continue to engage as genuine partners in the development, implementation and monitoring of national social protection policies.