Social protection

Social protection


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About this guide

This GSDRC resource guide provides a reference for policymakers and practitioners involved in social protection. It introduces some of the best literature on the understandings and types of social protection, the design and implementation problems to be considered, the potential for mainstreaming other development concerns into social protection programming, and the major debates both the donor and academic arenas. New publications and emerging issues will be incorporated on a quarterly basis.

This topic guide was prepared by Zoë Scott. The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Stephen Devereux, IDS; Stephen Kidd, IDS; Rachel Slater, ODI; Catherine Arnold, DFID; and Tim Conway, DFID. Comments, questions or documents for consideration should be sent to

Latest additions

The following document summary was added in February 2012: