Statistical knowledge base

Reliable statistics are crucial for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection policies and programmes. These statistics also support ILO research initiatives to generate innovative solutions to promote the effectiveness, coverage and sustainability of social protection programmes, as well as to advance advocacy proposals

The ILO Social Protection Department undertakes three main areas of activities in the field of statistics:
  • Building an ILO World Social Protection Database to collect in-depth country-level and aggregate statistics of social protection financing methods, expenditure and benefit levels, as well as coverage. The Department disseminates comparable statistics of social protection programmes periodically via thematic studies as well as the ILO Flagship World Social Protection Report, which is published triennially.
  • Providing technical assistance and training to ILO Member States, in collaboration with ILO field offices. This collaboration aims to enhance the national capacities to generate comprehensive and reliable social protection data. This data is considered by the tripartite partners to define their national social protection priorities and policies, to improve the effectiveness and scope of existing schemes, as well as to design and implement new programs.
  • Developing and applying methodological tools to monitor the various dimensions of social protection systems and key indicators for the benefit of national policy-makers, officials of international organizations, and academic researchers. The ILO methodological data tools are currently being applied to facilitate the monitoring of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s, in particular SDG Target 1.3. The ILO, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the reporting custodian for SDG Indicator 1.3.1 which references the proportion of the global population covered by the various social protection categories as defined by ILO Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102).