Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Report on social protection in the Arab region published

Thu Jun 19 10:39:00 BST 2014

Dr Rana Jawad’s recent report on ‘ Social Protection in the Arab Region: emerging trends and recommendations’ has been published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States.

The paper forms part of the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) Research Paper Series 2014, a medium for sharing recent research commissioned to inform the Arab Human Development Report, and further research in the field of human development.

Using available policy evaluation data, this research paper explores the strengths and weaknesses of the social protection systems of the Arab region. This is placed in the context of emerging global trends in social protection policy, assessing social protection policy in the Arab region in comparison to other developing countries as well as in terms of its impacts on poverty and inequality in the Arab region.

The paper concludes with five main policy proposals to make social protection systems in the Arab region more effective in not only reducing poverty, but also reducing social inequalities in this region. As far as possible, it highlights the importance of looking beyond short term measures to examine how fundamental changes in social protection policy can help promote equality, social cohesion and stronger state-society ties.

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