Social Protection and Social Insurance




Social Protection & Social Insurance

Developing countries are increasingly vulnerable to a variety of aggregate shocks, including domestic shocks such as those resulting from poor macroeconomic policies, political instability or conflict, and exogenous shocks such as those related to financial contagion, terms of trade, and natural disasters. Poor and low income households are typically the most vulnerable to the adverse implications of these shocks, and they are also least equipped to latch on to any forthcoming recovery.

Empirical evidence suggests that crises may grow in frequency due to factors linked to globalization, including more open economic borders and increasing externalities such as those related to climate and other environmental factors. Rapid urbanization, the possible breakdown as well as the natural limits of traditional community based risk management, and demographic factors (i.e. youth bulge) further add to the challenge of providing adequate social protection and social safety nets. Stronger social services and social protection might also be linked to a more inclusive growth pattern, if one considers the important human capital investments that are boosted.

In this area, the AIM Policy Center will explore policy research and technical assistance in building the key components of a robust social protection system—another key policy area that the present Philippine Administration (as well as other countries in the Asian region) is addressing. The Philippines and other Asian countries could draw important lessons from other countries with longer histories in implementing SP policies. Monitoring and impact evaluation are also additional potential areas of work. Some of the projects implemented in this area are presented below.

Title Description

“Pinoy Youth Barometer Project”
August 2012 to July 2013

The Pinoy Youth Barometer Project is a partnership of AIM Policy Center with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The study can help to track the views of youth on key social and economic policy issues, provide answers to pertinent questions relating to youth, employment, and migration, and help in shaping public policies in addressing these specific youth issues.  

“Inequality, Hunger, and Child Outcomes”
August 2012 to July 2013

This study is also part of the grant from UNICEF. Since issues concerning the relations of equity to child rights and inclusive growth remain as perennial concerns in child and youth development, the policy research can shed light on equity issues, as well as provide insights and recommendations on shaping policy actions towards inclusive growth.