social protection floor initiative

social protection floor initiative (SPF-I)
initiative pour un socle de protection sociale
iniciativa del piso de protección social

ICSW has adopted the SPF-I as its major policy agenda.

Le CIAS a adopté le initiative pour un socle de protection sociale en tant que son programme principal de politique.

El CIBS ha adopatdo como eje de su plan de politica social esta iniciativa.

A brochure on the social protection policy initiative has been prepared in English, French and Spanish:

GESS is a trilingual knowledge-sharing Internet platform which contributes to the extension of social security by strengthening the capacities of all actors involved. GESS offers a complete range of resources, services and assistance, in order to foster collaboration on key questions and on projects both for the implementation of social security strategies adapted to the national context and for the management of social protection schemes. The platform draws on the experience of the Social Security Department of the International Labour Office (ILO) and is a key instrument in the Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All.

Social Protection Floor Index: Monitoring National Social Protection Policy Implementation

The Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, a network of almost 90 NGOs and trade unions organisation worldwide, is happy to announce The Social Protection Floor Index (SPFI). The Index was developed by a group of master students from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance under the supervision of Michael Cichon.

The Index (SPFI) is a composite indicator based on the SPFs Recommendation No.202, which serves as a conceptual framework. It measures the potential costs (in % of GDP) to close gaps in the national social protection floor (gaps in income security and health security).

Download: Social Protection Floor Index: Monitoring National Social Protection Policy Implementation (PDF)

Missing A Golden Opportunity?

Social protection floors as a UN social protection strategy and the post 2015 development agenda - Michael Cichon (2014-06) PDF

The Making or Breaking of a UN Social Protection Strategy

The Post 2015 Development Agenda - Michael Cichon (2014-03) PDF

Myanmar Report

A report on the first social protection floor mission of the Global Coalition to Myanmar.

Commission on the Status of Women

ICSW Statement to the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Key Papers

SPFI Activities of ICSW South Asia Regional Committee by A.S Shenoy - Regional President, ICSW South Asia Region

Agnès Plassart, Delegate from GIP SPSI (French international health and social protection agency) and Christian Rollet, President of ICSW write on Globalisation: Return of the social dimension.

Pension watch - HelpAge's new website on social pensions

Pension watch is a comprehensive new online resource for policy makers and development practitioners on non-contributory (social) pensions.

National initiatives - Germany

GTZ is a German federally owned organisation that works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Its mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. GTZ has a special section for social protection. Resource information is available in English, German and Spanish.

2016 Joint World Conference

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The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development was held from 27 to 30 June in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Conference, convened by the three partner organizations -- International Association of the Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) -- brought together 2,581 participants from 83 countries, who in total made 1,540 presentations addressing the priority theme of the Conference, namely, ”Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People”. The outcome document of the Conference, the Seoul Declaration, prepared by the partner organizations was adopted by acclamation.

During the Joint World Conference the ICSW organized International Symposium for Social Protection Extension for SDGs. The symposium brought together participants from the host country and from around the world.


Eva Holmberg-Herrstrom, the President of ICSW addresses the meeting on the topic ICSW and the Social Protection Floor initiative


Dr. Kyunbae Chung, Korea National Council on Social Welfare, Republic of Korea spoke on Capacity Building for Self-Help to implement SDGs


Dr. Hyung Pyo Moon, Chairman and CEO of National Pension Service, Republic of Korea delivers his statement


Dr. Sergei Zelenev, Executive Director, ICSW spoke on Sustainable Development agenda, new policy space and the role of ICSW

Key resources