The report, Dynamic Social Security for Asia and the Pacific: Integrated Responses for More Equitable Growth , analyses achievements by social security programmes across the region, and confirms that the current economic and financial crisis has reaffirmed the need for effective systems of social protection.
“Social security systems in Asia and the Pacific are increasingly put at the centre of the social, economic, and political development of countries,” said Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, ISSA Secretary General.
“Where most successful, the strengthening of social security and health-care systems has been supported by strong political will, and has been designed as an integrated part of broader national development strategies,” Mr. Konkolewsky stated.
Regional policy challenges
Dynamic Social Security for Asia and the Pacific: Integrated Responses for More Equitable Growth identifies and analyses some of the most important recent developments and trends in social security in Asia and the Pacific. The report looks at the areas of extension of coverage, health-care and pension systems, and points to a series of policy challenges facing social security in the region.
Although high-income countries in the region enjoy near-universal social security coverage, there is substantial scope for increasing coverage in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in health-care and cash benefits, the report argues.
The report, the latest in a series of regional studies of social security prepared by the ISSA for its Regional Social Security Forums, also underscores the crucial role of governance and management in ensuring legitimacy, performance and accountability of social security schemes, which the report identifies as a condition for successful extension of coverage.
Complementary reforms for equitable growth
A key conclusion of the report is that social security reform strategies require complementary reforms in other areas and should be integrated with broader national development goals if they are to be effective. The report calls for public policy responses that are capable of promoting more equitable economic growth and cementing social cohesion.
Dynamic Social Security for Asia and the Pacific: Integrated Responses for More Equitable Growth will be launched at the first Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific, which opens in Manila on 21 October.
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