Social protection

Fishermen with their catch in the village of Goderich on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Background: Social protection –
an important instrument in the fight against poverty

Social protection is a human right. It is essential to sus­tain­able economic de­vel­op­ment and successful pov­er­ty reduction – and thus a key to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. And yet, around 73 per cent of the world's popu­la­tion currently have to live without any social protection. They have no protection against risks such as sick­ness, un­em­ploy­ment and pov­er­ty in old age, and strokes of fate such as accidents or crop fai­lures bring great hard­ship. It is practically im­pos­sible for many to over­come such dire straits by their own efforts alone. more

The German contribution:
Policy dialogue, advisory services, financial support

Social protection has been gaining increasing importance in the context of de­vel­op­ment policy in recent years. It is now regarded as the key element of any strategy aimed at combating structural pov­er­ty, which is why it is an overall objective of German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion. The Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) is engaged in activities in some 20 co­op­er­a­tion coun­tries in special priority areas to establish and develop social protection systems. These activities are all guided by the idea of de­vel­op­ing a system that is based on human rights criteria and of guaranteeing all pop­u­­la­tion groups access to various forms of social protection. more

Documents and links: Further information on the subject

Here you will find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on social protection. more

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