Achieving social protection for all through alliances and partnerships

Global Alliances for Social Protection

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Cofinancier

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

  • Country
  • Overall term

    2023 to 2026

  • Products and expertise

    Social development


Social protection is a human right and combats poverty and inequality. One of the aims of the 2030 Agenda is for everybody worldwide to have social protection. At present, however, more than half of the world's population has very limited or no access to it.

Germany therefore promotes adaptable social protection systems that make people more resilient to individual life risks and collective crises.


Global initiatives, alliances and partnerships promote the expansion of adaptable social protection systems in order to reduce poverty and social disadvantage.


The project focuses on five work areas:

  1. Developing and promoting the use of the open-source software openIMIS to manage health and social protection programmes that benefit millions of people.
  2. Supporting the Digital Convergence Initiative (DCI) in developing standards for better interoperability of digital social protection programmes. The DCI is a joint initiative to further develop and disseminate technical standards.
  3. Improving funding for adaptive social protection. The project supports selected countries of the Global Shield against Climate Risks in linking suitable solutions for financing climate risks with social protection programmes. It develops long-term financing through dialogue.
  4. Testing new approaches to linking intergovernmental bilateral and multilateral development cooperation. The project works with the World Bank to improve the digital backbone of the social protection systems in Rwanda and Uzbekistan. It also supports the efforts of the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions.
  5. Developing the skills of decision-makers in the partner countries through a leadership programme, to better shape and steer national reform processes for social protection.

Last update: February 2024

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