ESSA Project

How to extend social protection to workers in informal employment in the ASEAN region

This policy brief is based on the findings and recommendations of the report, Expansion of Social Protection to Workers in Informal Employment, from the International Labour Organization. The report outlines recent trends in informal employment as well as the challenges and opportunities for extending social protection to all workers across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It describes the gaps and needs of specific groups of workers who are more likely to be excluded from social protection coverage. Structured around a proposed typology of strategies, the report documents relevant country experiences and lessons from those experiences, drawing conclusions and proposing recommendations to invigorate the regional and national policy debates on the extension of social protection coverage.