Recommendation on Social Protection Floors: Basic Principles for Innovative Solutions

Author: Babu P. Remesh, Christina Behrendt, Emmanuelle Saint-Pierre Guilbault, Gabriela Mendizábal Bermúdez, George Letlhokwa Mpedi, Laura Pautassi, Mathias Nyenti, Maya Stern Plaza, Pablo Arellano Ortiz, Stephen Devereux, Tineke Dijkhoff, Veronika Wodsak, Victoire Umuhire, Worawet Suwanrada
Country: Argentina, Chile, India, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia

This book assesses the catalogue of principles included in the ILO Recommendation on Social Protection Floors from a legal perspective. Despite the international community’s recognition of social protection as a human right, the vast majority of the world’s population still has no access to social protection. In a major effort to address this situation, the International Labour Conference unanimously adopted the Social Protection Floors Recommendation 202 of 2012. However, because of the wide variety of possible schemes (and techniques that can be employed to administer them), there is a genuine risk that important values relating to social protection will be overlooked in implementing the Recommendation. This collection of essays contains an in-depth analysis of the Recommendation and sets forth a clear and practicable set of principles that can be used both as a policy tool and as an assessment framework for the creation, maintenance, and supervision of a national social protection floor.

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