Emerging Issues Report 18

Social Protection Topic Guide

Published on 1 October 2019

This guide provides an overview of social protection concepts, approaches, issues, debates and evidence, and a selection of key references and signposting to further resources.

It primarily focuses on longer-term developmental social protection rather than humanitarian responses, and on low-income countries, including in contexts of shocks, and draws on other income contexts where appropriate.

A web browsable version of the Social Protection Topic Guide is available on our GSDRC partner website.

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Carter, B., Roelen, K., Enfield S. and Avis, W. (2019). Social Protection Topic Guide. Revised Edition. K4D Emerging Issues Report 18. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies


Becky Carter

Research Officer

Keetie Roelen

IDS Honorary Associate

Sue Enfield

Research Officer

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