Constructing Social Protection:

How SOCIEUX+ addresses the modern challenges of social protection

Helping partner countries address the challenges faced by their social protection systems is the main goal of SOCIEUX+, and we enjoy working collaboratively to assist social protection institutions. One of the biggest issues we have confronted is how to empower partner institutions to design, run and sustain social protection systems. The most pressing issues we assisted with are related to universal health coverage, sustainability of pension schemes, and extending social protection to workers in the informal economy.

Such assistance takes into account the most challenging issues of our time, at the extremes of the demographic spectrum: on one side, ensuring the financial and institutional sustainability of social protection coverage in ageing societies; and, on the other, incorporating a growing population of young, informal workers into innovative social protection solutions. Ensuring that policies and systems are inclusive across this spectrum is also an explicit objective of our actions.

We endeavor to accompany partner countries in addressing these needs by strengthening their capacity to develop and reform their policies and systems, through sharing expertise and best practices from EU Member States:

      • Helping countries find innovative solutions for health coverage financing, such as in Azerbaijan, Togo, Saint Lucia and Zimbabwe.

      • Enhancing pension system sustainability in Mexico and Tajikistan.

      • Improving the portability of rights of migrant workers. Partner countries such as Peru are relying on SOCIEUX+ assistance in this matter.

      • Helping national social protection institutions to strengthen their social marketing and communications policies, as in Gabon.

      • Revamping the social dialogue in Togo. 

      • Applying the multidimensional poverty index in Vietnam and Panama. 

      • Assisting with the development of tools to address disability in Armenia, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

      • Developing protection schemes for atypical workers in Colombia and Peru.

      • Enhancing social assistance tools in the Ivory Coast and the Caribbean.

      • Promoting children’s rights in Mexico.

And, more generally, providing peer-to-peer assistance to reinforce our partners’ capacities to manage increasingly complex social protection systems.

We are happy to mobilize and provide access to the best EU expertise, to help partner countries improve their social protection systems and enhance their capacities to operate them. At the same time, we are convinced that sharing experiences with partner institutions can widen the perspectives of EU practitioners to new approaches to their own organisation’s challenges and foster collaborations across borders.