ILO SERVICE ON THE WEB:
CAN NOW OBTAIN THE ILO SOCIAL BUDGET MODEL
FREE OF CHARGE
Depending on the state of development
most countries redistribute between up to 35 per cent of their Gross
National Income through their national social protection systems.
These include pensions, health care, unemployment benefits, social
assistance and other social security transfers. Maintaining the
financial and fiscal viability of these transfer flows requires
sound quantitative management and planning.
is a method to enhance the quality of the quantitative management
of the social protection sector. This website offers you the possibility
of obtaining a generic version
of the ILO Social Budget Model
as a tool for social budgeting. The model forecasts national social
expenditure and its components for both the short and medium term
and establishes its financing structure. It projects income and
expenditure of the social sector and simulates the effects of alternative
social policy strategies on social security contributions and government
budgets. Social budgeting thus serves the planning needs of the
Ministries of Labour, Finance and Economic Planning as well as those
of social security institutions. The methodology has so far been
applied to the social protection sectors in Egypt, Slovakia, Poland,
Ukraine, Panama and Turkey.
By obtaining the generic model version
and its manual you do not have a ready made model for your country.
There is a lot of work to be done before you can start advising
your government on social protection financing. You have to adapt
model components and input a whole range of national data. The model
is easy to modify. All it takes is knowledge of MS-EXCEL and for
some parts VISUAL BASIC.
The model is not perfect, neither
is it final. Nor is it intended to be ever final. The version you
find reports on work in progress. Each time we apply the concept
to a new country we learn and improve some aspects of it. We hope
that some of you will do the same and let us know about it. All
interested social protection planners and researchers are invited
to enter into a technical dialogue with the ILO team and to contribute
to the improvement of the methodology. We aim to create an international
expert network on social budgeting. Let us hear from you, contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the team members directly.
We are also in the process of publishing
a book on Social Budgeting which will
form part of our series of training manuals.
Furthermore, the Social Budgeting
team has been providing training on the Social Budget model not
only within the framework of our technical cooperation projects
in member States but also as a standard technical course in cooperation
with the ILO's International Training Centre.