Handbook on the extension of social security coverage to the self-employed
In many countries, a large proportion of the working-age population can be considered as self-employed – in both the formal and informal sectors. Given the challenges in covering the self-employed, this development means that a relatively small proportion of the total population may be covered for social security benefits. Targeted measures have been particularly effective in increasing coverage. In spite of a range of challenges highlighted in this handbook, many countries have, through effective system design and innovative administrative practices, achieved great success in extending social security coverage to the self-employed. This handbook features national good practices and case studies.