Social protection

Only 20 per cent of the world’s population has adequate social security coverage and more than half lack any coverage at all. The ILO actively promotes policies and provides assistance to countries to help extend adequate levels of social protection to all members of society. Social security involves access to health care and income security, particularly in cases of old age, unemployment, sickness, invalidity, work injury, maternity or loss of a main income earner.

A “Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All” launched in 2003 builds on efforts already underway in more than 30 countries. These include projects to help countries extend coverage at the national level and to strengthen community-based social security organizations.

Why do I need social protection?

  1. ILO videos on social protection


  1. Occupational accident insurance system for Bangladesh

    Lessons from Rana Plaza: Germany and the ILO support Bangladesh in setting up an occupational accident insurance system

    27 August 2015

  2. © ILO 2015

    Transition to formal economy

    Building back better in the Philippines

    17 August 2015

  3. © Pius Mahimbi 2015

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

    "Indigenous peoples have the right to decent work"

    09 August 2015

  4. CNN

    Paid maternity leave rising in the U.S. tech sector

    06 August 2015