Brochures/fact sheets

2021

  1. Extending social protection to the cultural and creative sector

    13 May 2021

    Workers in the cultural and creative sector often lack effective access to social protection.

  2. Extending social security to workers in the informal economy. Information and awareness

    15 March 2021

    If workers and employers do not know what social protection schemes are available to them, what their rights and responsibilities are and how they can access such schemes, then social protection policies and programmes have little chance of succeeding. Limited access to information and awareness may significantly hinder the extension of social security.

  3. Extending social security to workers in the informal economy

    12 March 2021

    Key lessons learned from international experience

  4. Towards solid social protection floors? The role of non-contributory provision during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    21 January 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the importance of guaranteeing access to at least essential health care and to basic income security for all over the life cycle, as stipulated in the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

2020

  1. The role of social dialogue in formulating social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis

    07 October 2020

    Social dialogue is not only essential for informing social protection preparedness prior to shocks, but also for formulating immediate responses in crisis contexts when there is a high risk of social conflict. Social dialogue should be pursued on a continuous basis as countries address the various phases of crises and tackle the particular challenges arising in the medium and long terms.

  2. Brief on Financing gaps in social protection

    17 September 2020

    Global estimates and strategies for developing countries in light of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

  3. Unemployment protection in the COVID-19 crisis. Country responses and policy considerations

    04 September 2020

    Income security is essential to mitigate the sudden and drastic impacts on employment of the lockdowns imposed to slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. Extending social protection to informal workers in the COVID-19 crisis. Country responses and policy considerations

    04 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis and its economic and social impacts are particularly harsh for workers in the informal economy and their families. Almost 1.6 billion informal workers are affected by the lockdown and containment measures and/or are working in the hardest-hit sectors.

  5. Extending social security to self-employed workers

    30 June 2020

    Key lessons learned from international experience

  6. Extending social security to workers in micro and small enterprises

    30 June 2020

    Key lessons learned from international experience

  7. Extending social security to workers in the informal economy

    30 June 2020

    Key lessons learned from international experience

  8. Extending social security to workers in the informal economy: Lessons from international experience

    29 June 2020

    For most workers in the informal economy, the lack of social protection is a challenge not only in their daily struggles to make ends meet but in their aspirations to obtain decent work, rights and dignity. For the societies in which they live, the lack of social protection coverage weakens social justice and undermines inclusive growth and the realization of human rights.

  9. Social protection for migrant workers: A necessary response to the COVID-19 crisis

    24 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major public health challenge and is having serious economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries, as well as on migrant workers and their families and on businesses and their operations.

  10. Social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries: Strengthening resilience by building universal social protection

    14 May 2020

    Social protection is an indispensable mechanism for delivering support to individuals during the crisis. This document takes a detailed look at the role of social protection measures in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak in developing countries

  11. Sickness benefits during sick leave and quarantine: Country responses and policy considerations in the context of COVID-19

    14 May 2020

    The COVID-19 health crisis has revealed important coverage gaps in terms of entitlements to social protection in case of sickness.

  12. Sickness benefits: An introduction

    14 May 2020

    Sickness benefits provide income security in case of illness. They promote the realization of the human rights to health and to social security, while supporting public health and the prevention of poverty.

  13. Social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis: Country responses and policy considerations

    22 April 2020

    Social protection systems are an indispensable part of a coordinated policy response to the unfolding crisis, ensuring that people can effectively access health care while supporting job and income security for those most affected.

  14. Social Protection Monitor: Social Protection Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis around the World - Second edition

    08 April 2020

    This note summarizes the results of the Social Protection Monitor that tracks announcements of social protection measures responding to the possible impacts of the COVID-19 crisis - Updated on 6 April 2020

  15. Towards Universal Health Coverage: Social Health Protection Principles

    26 March 2020

    Social health protection provides a rights-based approach to reaching the objective of universal health coverage that ensures financial protection and effective access to health care services.

  16. Social Protection Monitor: Social Protection Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis around the World

    26 March 2020

    This note summarizes the results of the Social Protection Monitor that tracks announcements of social protection measures responding to the possible impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.