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Anticipatory Social Protection

Claiming dignity and rights

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The social protection landscape is currently characterised by competing discourses and agendas, given that bilaterals, multilaterals and private funders have different targets and have differing constituents whose lives they seek to improve. Critical aspects such as gender inequalities and inequities, women and children’s agency and community coping mechanisms are often not adequately addressed.



This publication introduces the Commonwealth Secretariat’s anticipatory and transformative social protection approach, which outlines the principles and strategies for advancing a gender-responsive, human rights-based approach to social protection.



It presents analysis and discussion of a framework for social protection, models of good practice from across the Commonwealth, and innovative ways of providing social protection that are not based on men and women being in full-time paid work in the formal economy.



This publication will assist policy-makers and development practitioners in making informed decisions about programme design and delivery so that beneficiaries’ access to and participation in social protection mechanisms are fully realised.

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Regional Developments

In Africa there is little history of central government social protection beyond pension schemes for civil servants. As in the Pacific, communities and villages have relied on traditional forms of support to provide basic food, water and shelter, often in the context of clans or extended families. Low-income, aid-dependent countries could not afford even the smallest cash transfer programmes, and their capacity for efficient delivery and corruption-free administration has been highly questionable.

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