Books and reports

2020

  1. The Protection We Want: Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific

    15 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for well-functioning social protection systems in the region as never before. A new UN report reveals that despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps.

  2. 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.

2019

  1. Maternity income protection in Southern and Eastern Africa. From concept to practice

    02 December 2019

    This publication is part of a collaboration of the ILO with the Eastern and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) to encourage the move from employer liability systems to social insurance based systems and to provide universal and comprehensive coverage.

  2. Fiscal Space for Social Protection. A Handbook for Assessing Financing Options

    07 November 2019

    This practical handbook is an essential companion to assess financing options to extend social protection coverage and benefits.

  3. Reversing Pension Privatizations. Rebuilding public pension systems in Eastern Europe and Latin America

    31 March 2019

    From 1981 to 2014, thirty countries privatized fully or partially their public mandatory pensions; as of 2018, eighteen countries have reversed the privatization.

  4. 100 years of social protection. The road to universal social protection systems and floors. Vol. 1: 50 country cases

    07 February 2019

    This book is a compendium of 50 country good practices in building national social protection systems including floors.

  5. Towards universal social protection for children: Achieving SDG 1.3

    06 February 2019

    The importance of ensuring adequate social protection for children has long been high on the agenda of both the ILO and UNICEF. For children, social protection takes on a special significance, since the negative effects of poverty and deprivation in childhood have ramifications that can last a lifetime.

2017

  1. Building social protection systems: International standards and human rights instruments

    12 December 2017

    A reference for practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as a guidebook for the general public.

  2. Unemployment protection: A good practices guide and training package

    25 August 2017

    Learning from concrete country experiences and practices, the package provides guidelines and tools to conduct training sessions and workshops on unemployment protection.

  3. Case studies and exercises on unemployment protection: Based on the fictional country of Coresia

    25 August 2017

    Social protection and decent work are recognized as cornerstones of the new global development agenda, with a prominent space in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Social protection and unemployment protection are also priorities set by the 2013 ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, with a number of ASEAN Member States considering the introduction of unemployment insurance schemes in the near future.

2016

  1. Social Protection Floors. Volume 3. Governance and Financing

    22 December 2016

    The volumes on “Social Protection Floors” present best practices and experiences from countries that are useful for South-South learning, for practitioners and to provide the basis for more informed policy-making.

  2. Social Protection Floors. Volume 2. Innovations to Extend Coverage

    22 December 2016

    The volumes on “Social Protection Floors” present best practices and experiences from countries that are useful for South-South learning, for practitioners and to provide the basis for more informed policy-making.

  3. Social Protection Floors. Volume 1. Universal Schemes

    22 December 2016

    The volumes on “Social Protection Floors” present best practices and experiences from countries that are useful for South-South learning, for practitioners and to provide the basis for more informed policy-making.

  4. Challenges in long-term care of the elderly in Central and Eastern Europe

    13 October 2016

    The purpose of this report is to shed light on the growing long-term care challenges in social protection, with a particular focus on the Central and Eastern European countries.

  5. Child Benefits in Central and Eastern Europe - A comparative review

    13 October 2016

    The purpose of this report is to review the social protection policy for children in Central and Eastern European countries. In particular, the analysis of this report focuses on cash child benefits (family allowances) and their impact on child poverty.

  6. Extending social security to the informal economy - Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Moldova

    13 October 2016

    This report analyses effects of the informal economy on social security, and discusses possible policy measures to extend the social security coverage for workers in the informal economy.

  7. Promoting social insurance: Dedicated for herders

    30 September 2016

    The self-learning manual for herders on social insurance. The manual was produced only in Mongolian.

  8. Bulgan and Tsatsral are getting familiarized with social insurance

    30 September 2016

    The comic book for students and young people provides basic information about social insurance in Mongolia including its all five schemes. The book is available only in Mongolian.

  9. Extending the social security coverage for farmers in the Republic of Moldova: findings and recommendations based on the social security assessment survey

    28 July 2016

    In the Republic of Moldova, agriculture is a major economic sector. However, farmers and agricultural workers are one of the most disadvantaged groups who are not adequately covered by social security. The extension of coverage to agricultural workers may face various challenges due to the specific vulnerabilities they face. These conditions make it all the more important to provide adequate social protection for this group.

2015

  1. The state of social protection in ASEAN at the dawn of integration

    25 November 2015

    The ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection channels a growing consensus in the region that the establishment of Social Protection Floors is fundamental for reducing poverty and inequality and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth.