Many social protection and labor programs are fragmented and lack harmonization, hampering their effectiveness. The World Bank’s 10-year social protection and labor strategy’s main objective is to help countries move from fragmented approaches to harmonized systems. It focuses on making these systems more inclusive of the vulnerable and more attuned to building people’s capacities and improving the productivity of their work. The strategy lays out ways to deepen the Bank’s involvement, capacity, knowledge, and impact in social protection and labor.
Rapid Social Response Program
The Rapid Social Response (RSR) program provides catalytic resources in relatively small amounts to help low-income countries build social protection and labor systems, so that they are prepared for future crises. The World Bank receives support from the Russian Federation, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Sweden, and currently assists 80 activities worldwide through the RSR program.
Open Data for Social Protection and Labor
In 2012, the Bank launched the Atlas of Social Protection with Indicators on Resilience and Equity (ASPIRE) as the first global compilation of data from household surveys documenting social protection. It provides a worldwide snapshot of social protection coverage, targeting, and impact on well-being by identifying countries’ social protection programs, grouping them into categories, harmonizing core indicators, and detailing people’s well-being. ASPIRE is currently being expanded to include indicators on Social Protection and Labor program design and performance based on administrative records in the areas of social insurance, social assistance and labor market programs. The Bank also offers cross-country data for mandatory pension systems around the world.
In collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Youth Employment Network (YEN), and the International Labor Organization
(ILO), the Bank has also developed a Youth Employment Inventory that provides comparative information on more than 500 youth employment programs in around 90 countries.