Social Protection and Labor
In the Spotlight
As families change and populations age, the elderly from across Asia and the Pacific risk being left behind in the region's economic boom.
A multipurpose cooperative is thriving in Manila's impoverished Smokey Mountain area thanks to recycling and other profitable enterprises involving local communities.
An ADB-supported program is helping Mongolia identify and assist the poorest people in the country.
Social insurance is the main form of social protection in Asia and the Pacific, accounting for 59% of government's total spending.
Social protection is central to ADB's inclusive growth agenda. ADB defines social protection as a "set of policies and programs designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labor markets, diminishing people’s exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to protect themselves against hazards and interruption/loss of income."
- Social Protection Strategy
- Social Protection Operational Plan 2014−2020
- The Social Protection Index: Assessing Results for Asia and the Pacific
- Measuring Social Protection Expenditures in Southeast Asia: Estimates Using the Social Protection Index
- The Revised Social Protection Index: Methodology and Handbook
60% (2013)of people in the Asia-Pacific region have no social protection coverage
6.2% (2014)of public spending in developing Asia goes to social protection, as opposed to 20% in advanced economies
922.7 millionthe projected number of Asia's elderly by mid-21st century