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Social Protection and Social Development

International Initiatives

Drolet, Julie

2014, X, 163 p.

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  • Key concepts and principles underlying social protection and the social protection floor
  • The right to social protection with evidence in key human rights treaties and instruments
  • The role of social protection for adaptive climate change and reducing disaster risks
  • Promising practices and innovative country examples and case studies

The Social Protection Floor Initiative promotes universal access to essential social transfers and services. Presently 80% of the global population does not enjoy a set of social guarantees that allows them to deal with life’s risks such as unemployment, ill health, and natural disasters. This book explores the importance and necessity of social protection, including key concepts, universal principles and human rights, the need for context-specific policies, the role of adaptive climate change, and country examples.  Social protection refers to a set of essential transfers, services and facilities that all citizens everywhere should enjoy to ensure the realization of the rights embodied in human rights treaties. The Social Protection Floor aims to facilitate and accelerate the introduction or strengthening of sustainable context-specific social protection systems.  Experiences from countries around the world that have implemented components of the Social Protection Floor provide evidence of its feasibility, affordability, and impact.  The promise and success of social protection is important for transformative change, social inclusion, and alliance building, and raises critical questions about current neoliberal austerity measures. This book calls for a comprehensive, multi-dimensional, integrated and innovative policy mix that recognizes the interdependency between demographic shifts, employment, labour migration, social protection, economic development, and the environment.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adaptive climate change - Basic social protection - Essential social transfers and services - Life's risks - Rights embodied in human rights treaties - Social inclusion and alliance building - Social protection and social development - Social protection floor concept - Social transfers and services - The Social Protection Floor Inititative - Transformative change - Unemployment, ill health and natural disasters

Related subjects » Global Change - Climate Change - International, Foreign and Comparative Law - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics - Social Sciences - Sustainable Development

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