Rights-based Approaches to Social Protection
This paper was commissioned as part of a project of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to assist the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in developing an institutional policy and approach to social protection programming. Social protection is here defined as ‘an approach towards designing policies and interventions which respond to the … risks poor and vulnerable people face and which will make them less insecure’ (Shepherd, 2004: 1).
This paper provides background information and analysis on the relevance of rights-based approaches (RBAs) to development for the provision of social protection (SP) in developing countries, supported through international development assistance. This background paper does not purport to serve as programmatic guidance; it only identifies key arguments and some illustrations of the relevance of RBAs for social protection.