Social Protection and Labor
In the Spotlight
Technological advances have transformed the 2 billion worker Asian labor market, helping create 30 million jobs annually in industry and services over the last 25 years, drive increases in productivity and wages, and reduce poverty.
Piloted in four local government units, the JobStart Philippines Program has assisted young Filipinos to start their careers, support skills enhancement through training, and provide better integration opportunities into productive employment.
Asia’s developing countries need policies that help workers respond to the technological advances that are rapidly transforming industries and economies.
Improving the Delivery of Social Protection through ICT - Case Studies in Mongolia, Nepal, and Viet Nam
Integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in social protection is driven by the demand for more accurate and efficient service. Some enabling factors for faster take-up of ICT in social protection programs are present in Mongolia, Nepal, and Viet Nam.
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