Shaping the Future of Social Protection: Access, Financing and Solidarity

Organization(s): ECLAC
Author: ECLAC
Regions: Latin America
Year: 2006
Language: English

The proposals set forth in this document rest on the premise that public policy should be guided by the ownership of rights. These recommendations are therefore designed to build bridges between social rights and the policy guidelines needed to make them more enforceable through improved access, better financing and greater solidarity. To that end, an exhaustive analysis is undertaken of some of the main components of social protection, such as the reform and design of health and social security systems and poverty reduction programmes. A consideration of labour market dynamics and the countries’ fiscal positions serves as a basis for this inquiry, which is presented in conjunction with an assessment of the countries’ potential for guaranteeing social rights in structurally heterogeneous societes.

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Social Protection and Human Rights