Over the past three decades, the topic of Social Protection gained momentum as a necessary component in the fight against poverty (and inequality) worldwide. This arguably stems from the realisation that countries with operating social protection systems (which features wide population coverage and adequate and affordable benefit levels) seem to be the most effective in reducing poverty and inequality as well as promoting economic and social development. While few would dispute the link between a proper framework of social protection policy and the reduction of poverty and inequality in a society, the exact link is rarely agreed upon. Our work within this theme seeks to contribute to furthering the discussion of social protection in a changing society as well as understand how social protection design can be enhanced to reach the most vulnerable.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Franziska Gassmann