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The Social Protection Indicator for the Pacific: Assessing Progress

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

This publication provides updates on social protection indicators for 13 Pacific developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank.

It presents an analysis of 2015 data on social protection programs, particularly the substantial progress in expenditure and benefit size between 2009 and 2015. Yet, spending favored the nonpoor over the poor, and the gap in spending on men and on women widened. The Social Protection Index—now the Social Protection Indicator—was developed by ADB and its partners as the first comprehensive and quantitative measure of social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific.

Contents 

  • Overview and Methodology
  • 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 from 2009 to 2015
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix