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.



Towards an Anticipatory and Transformative Social Protection Agenda

Social protection is now established as a central aspect of the international development discourse. It gained traction in the aftermath of the financial and fiscal crisis that has gripped much of the world since late 2007. With the 2015 endpoint of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda fast approaching, the discussion on social protection is juxtaposed with that of a long-term development paradigm drawing upon the lessons learned over the last decade and a half. Social protection could form the core of a future global strategy to eliminate all forms of inequity in the post-2015 world.


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