To develop appropriate methodologies and tools with which to assess the social protection policies, programmes and capacities in ten selected partner countries.
To enhance administrative and technical capacity in the partner countries to support the development of affordable, sustainable and inclusive social protection systems.
To generate evidence-based knowledge for future EU co-operation and for use by other development partners on the effectiveness of social protection in reducing poverty and vulnerability, addressing inequality and promoting social cohesion.
The EU-SPS provides overarching support for the development of social protection systems through a combination of:
country-driven technical assessments
development of country-specific analytical tools
capacity strengthening for policy makers and practitioners.
Support includes systemic capacity assessments and development, research and testing of analytical tools that can be used to assess the current status and potential pathways for the social protection system. The programme works with national research and capacity-development institutions to support policy makers and practitioners.
Our work is closely co-ordinated with inter-ministerial and inter-agency social protection co-operation groups at the country level. At the global level, we collaborate closely with the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B).
In addition to strengthening co-operation among SPIAC-B members, the programme facilitates greater involvement by national and sub-regional expert institutions to strengthen national capacities for the planning, analysis and implementation of social protection systems and their core components.