The Social Protection and Social Policy Programme supports the design and implementation of effective social protection policy and systems.
Social protection can play a crucial role in supporting particular social groups, thereby reducing gender inequality and the inter-generational transmission of poverty.
The impacts of social protection on economic growth are a deciding factor when governments are allocating resources to social protection programmes.
Resource allocation decisions for social protection are as much about power and ideology as cost and affordability.
Whilst chronic hunger and vulnerability suggests the need for long-term programmes, social protection also has a critical role to play in emergencies.
Through monitoring and evaluation, and understanding of social protection instruments, lessons can be learned about the most cost-efficient and effective ways to implement social protection.