The core objective of social protection programming is to ensure that
people are able to meet their basic needs – food, clothing, shelter, and
so on. But social protection also has the potential to have direct
impacts on people’s capacity to achieve a secure and sustainable
independent livelihood and can have economy-wide effects.
These experiences have been synthesised in a number of places to start
to identify the key design and implementation features that maximise
synergies between social protection and economic development. However,
despite this growing literature, there is a paucity of guidance for
policy-makers and programme designers and implementers on how social
protection programmes can be strengthened to better support the poorest
by promoting economic opportunities, sustainable livelihoods and
economic development at the micro level.
This guidance note aims to support DFID advisers and programme staff to
maximise the synergies between social protection and economic
- identifying what people working on social protection need to know
before they design and implement programmes
- identifying a range of approaches aimed at maximising the synergies
between social protection and economic development
- showing which social protection programme design features are most
likely to help enhance economic development
- identifying which actions can most quickly and simply help to maximise
synergies between social protection and economic development, and
- describing how the term ‘graduation’ fits the wider picture of
economic development and sustainably improving livelihoods.
Slater, R.; McCord, A.; Mathers, N. Guidance note for DFID: Exploiting the synergies between social protection and economic development. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK (2014) v + 27 pp.