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The Social Protection Indicator for Asia: Assessing Progress

Publication | July 2019
The Social Protection Indicator for Asia: Assessing Progress

This publication provides updates on Social Protection Indicators of 24 countries in Asia, with an analysis of 2015 data on social protection programs.

It shows progress in expenditure, primarily driven by social insurance and coverage between 2009 and 2015. Spending on women has improved in several countries, yet others continued to favor the nonpoor over the poor, and men over women. The Social Protection Index—now the Social Protection Indicator—was developed by the Asian Development Bank and its partners as the first comprehensive and quantitative measure of social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific.

Contents 

  • Overview and Methodology
  • Countries’ Spending on Social Protection—General Results
  • Social Protection Spending by Category and Program
  • Coverage and Benefit Size of Social Protection
  • Poverty and Gender Dimensions of Social Protection Spending
  • Changes in Social Protection Expenditure between 2009 and 2015
  • Conclusions