Towards Introducing Social Protection Floors for Decent Work in Georgia

The International Labour Organization in partnership with UN Women organized one day sensitization workshop on national social protection floors on 24 January 2020, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

News | 24 January 2020
TBILISI (ILO News) - The workshop addressed two main objectives:  Introduction to Social Protection Floor Recommendation 202 (2012) and links with Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No.102) and a discussion on Social Protection Policies in Georgia in the framework of the lifecycle approach.

The workshop brought together representatives from the Government of Georgia- the Ministry of IDPs, Labour, Health, and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Pensions Agency, Human Rights Secretariat, together with Public Defender (Ombudsmen) office in Georgia, Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC), UNFPA, Civil Development Agency (CiDA)/ UN Global Compact Local Network in Georgia, and the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) which they had the opportunity to learn from international specialists and exchange knowledge on social protection floors in light of ILO Conventions.  The representatives had also participated in a group exercise where they had to analyze the gaps between existing social protection policies of social needs as well as international standards. The exercise helped the  participants to gain thorough insight about national social protection policies and engage into discussions.

The opening of the workshop was chaired by Mr. Kinan Bahnassi, Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO project, Ms. Mehjabeen Alarakhia, Programme Specialist, UN Women, Ms. Jasmina Papa, ILO Social Protection Specialist, and Ms. Shea McClanahan, International Consultant.

The initiative is implemented with financial support from the Government of Denmark through the ILO’s Project “Inclusive Labour Market for Job Creation in Georgia”.   It foresees: i) assessment of the national social protection system in the Republic of Georgia with a view to align it with the Social Protection Floor as per Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No.202); and ii) rapid costing of a National Social Protection Floor. The initiative is carried out to assess the national social policy system, in particular from a gender equality perspective including aspects leading to economic empowerment and reduction of informality; its aspects related to maternity protection; poverty reduction programmes and their links enabling access to labour market programmes (including unemployment insurance schemes) and links between poverty reduction programmes and social services.