Good Governance Guidelines for Social Security Institutions
The good governance guidelines seek to provide ISSA member organizations with guiding principles and practical guidelines on good governance. The guidelines begin by defining, for the first time, what ISSA means by “good governance”. The governance framework that underpins the guidelines aims to give the user an overview of the range of internal governance issues involved in social security administration.
The Good Governance Guidelines for Social Security Institutions presents a virtual checklist of the essential elements that would help engender and support good governance within the institution. Suggestions are given on how to apply each guideline by describing governance structures and mechanisms that would facilitate its use.
The Good Governance Guidelines for Social Security Institutions provides a basis on which the ISSA Secretariat will continue to develop more tools that would facilitate capacity building and support the efforts of members to promote and improve the governance of their institutions, including training modules, e-learning applications, and indicators and benchmarks for good governance.
Presently, the guidelines are focused on the internal governance of a social security institution and on six specific areas of operation that are among its major concerns. Future work remains for developing guidelines in other specific areas that are of equal importance to social security administration. Governance guidelines that span the interaction and coordination between the social security institution and other agencies, including the political authorities, may likewise be developed in the future.
From a rights-based perspective, the level of benefits provided must be adequate. According to the CESCR’s General Comment 19 (para 22), “Benefits, whether in cash or in kind, must be adequate in amount and duration in order that everyone may realize his or her rights to family protection and assistance, an adequate standard of living […]
The principle of equality and non-discrimination requires States to ensure that social protection programmes meet the standards of accessibility, adaptability, acceptability and adequacy for all rights holders. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has recommended these standards through several General Comments including 13, 14 and 19. Accessibility means making the social protection […]