Commonwealth Secretariat Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper series raises awareness of topics that are of importance to Commonwealth work programmes. Discussion Papers explore an issue relating to research or programme activities and provoke debate on it. The intended readership is researchers and policy advisers.


Social Protection

A Question of Delivering on Rights and Resources

The definition of social protection and what it might encompass is currently a contested space for ‘framing’ the debate and practice. Who is making the decisions about its nature and the responses? Who controls what ‘social protection’ means?

This discussion paper situates the current debates, analyses practices, and puts forward the Commonwealth Secretariat’s approach to social protection which promotes models of both transformative and ‘anticipatory’ social protection.


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