National Social Protection Strategy

What is the project about?

Old WomanUNDP supports the government in rethinking its social protection policy to ensure that the most vulnerable people have access to safety nets and can live in dignity. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

National social protection is important for addressing the needs of the country’s most vulnerable groups. Bangladesh, in many ways, is ahead of the curve in this policy trend. The triple challenges of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion have informed policy thinking since the birth of the country. However, with the current informal safety nets eroding, newer risks emerging from rapid urbanization, growing economic pressure and the effects of climate change, re-thinking on the direction, scope and design of social protection has become necessary.

At  the 2011 Dhaka Social Protection Conference, the Government of Bangladesh announced the preparation of the first National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). On the Planning Ministry’s General Economics Division (GED) request, UNDP will provide financial and technical assistance in putting the strategy into action. The project will result in a concrete NSPS, based on in-depth research, and lay the ground work for a major multi-donor funding facility that supports an advanced social protection system in Bangladesh – the Social Protection Policy and Innovations (SPPI) Fund.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • NSPS Framework Paper completed.
  • Creation of NSPS Secretariat in the Planning Ministry’s General Economics Division (GED)
  • A United Nations country team theme group has been set up.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
UNDP        $ 933,735         
Australian Agency for International Development      $   66,265       

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Delivery up to 30 June 2013 is $ 427,937 (43% of total budget)

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