ISSA Webinar: Social solidarity models and extending social security coverage

30 May 2024 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Social solidarity models and extending social security coverage

30 May 2024 | Virtual

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 14:00–15:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Social security is a fundamental human right with far-reaching socio-economic and developmental impacts. Despite this recognition, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that only 46.9 per cent of the global population has effective access to at least one form of social protection benefit. Even though almost all countries have social security programmes anchored in national legislation, certain population groups are precluded from participation due to inherent legal barriers in the design of social security schemes.

Inspired by the social and solidarity economy, countries across the spectrum are adopting context-specific solutions to overcome barriers to accessing social security benefits and services framed on the dominant employer-employee relationship. These resonate with the UN General Assembly resolution on Promoting the social and solidarity economy for sustainable development.

The social solidarity and economy consists of a set of socio-economic activities and relationships that prioritize social and often environmental objectives over profit motives. Experiences from member institutions of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) affirm the relevance of these solidarity models in extending social security coverage, especially to difficult-to-cover groups.

Join us for this ISSA webinar that will showcase alternative social solidarity models and their impact on the extension of social security coverage.


Ghazala Ali Khan, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner I, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), India 
Darell Bristol, Head Corporate Communication, Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF), Seychelles 
María Cecilia López CollazoMaría Cecilia López Collazo, General Coordinator, Catholic Workers’ Circle of the Uruguay Mutual Fund (Círculo Católico), Uruguay

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What social security programmes exist and which population groups are covered?
  • To which extent does the social and solidarity economy contribute to the extension of social security coverage to typically excluded population groups?
  • What are the challenges and feasible solutions to improve adherence and enhance contribution collection and compliance through social solidarity models?
  • What is the impact of alternative solidarity models in extending social security coverage over time and space?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Technical introduction by the ISSA
  • Case experience of EPFO, India
  • Case experience of SPF, Seychelles.
  • Case experience of Círculo Católico, Uruguay
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Paul Mondoa NgombaModerated by Paul Mondoa Ngomba, Technical Specialist in Social Security, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.