Inclusive Social Protection in Latin America: A Comprehensive, Rights-Based Approach

Libro de la CEPAL, Vol. 111

264 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2012

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Simone Cecchini

United Nations - Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Rodrigo Martínez

United Nations, ECLAC

Date Written: January 30, 2012

Abstract

Social protection has become one of the pillars of social development strategies. But, lacking a consistent standard for social protection, the issue has been approached in different ways and from different analytical and policy dimensions. This document examines the principal ongoing discussions regarding social protection and conditional cash transfer programmes, looks at the role assigned to them and weighs the conceptual elements, the needs and the challenges to be addressed in order to consolidate comprehensive social protection systems. These systems should provide universal coverage. Their funding should be grounded in solidarity. And, above all, the citizens’ rights that they establish should be egalitarian. The entire citizenry becomes the subject of protection policies, and social policies come to be viewed as a whole that encompasses the complementary — not contradictory — principles of targeting as an instrument and universality as a goal.

Keywords: social protection, Latin America, conditional cash transfer programmes

JEL Classification: H53, H55, I3, I38

Suggested Citation

Cecchini, Simone and Martínez, Rodrigo, Inclusive Social Protection in Latin America: A Comprehensive, Rights-Based Approach (January 30, 2012). Libro de la CEPAL, Vol. 111, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2009321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2009321

Simone Cecchini (Contact Author)

United Nations - Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) ( email )

Santiago
Chile

Rodrigo Martínez

United Nations, ECLAC ( email )

Santiago
Chile

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