Integrated Social Protection
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Why Integrated policy for SDG acceleration
The investment strategy is based on driving transformation, understood as delivering solutions that accelerate the SDG progress through unlocking systemic policy shift. The focus is on identification and activation of “leverage points” - those policy and/or institutional changes that produce a catalytic “chain-reaction” across sectors and stakeholder groups. The joint programmes aim to spearhead systemic change that yield social impact across the whole spectrum of the SDGs with the spotlight on social groups left behind.
The impact of joint programmes contributes to progress on multiple SDGs, producing catalytic results at scale within reduced timeframes. Given the interdependence of the SDGs, joint programmes facilitate change by working across sectors and silos through an integrated, multidimensional approach that addresses vulnerabilities across the whole life cycle and among priority target groups.
ADAPTABILITY: RE-PURPOSING TO FIGHT COVID-19
COVID-19 increases the salience of social protection for the most vulnerable, providing an opportunity for the Joint SDG Fund’s investment into integrated social protection to repurposed 20% of their respective budgets into 1/3 of the programmes to directly soften the impact of COVID-19. While, 1/2 have swiftly identified opportunities for scaling up existing programmes in order to offset any negative externalities.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Joint SDG Fund has only redoubled its efforts to build back better and demonstrate its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by:
- Building new and fully comprehensive social protection systems that mainstream human rights to address inequalities, vulnerabilities, and poverty all worsened by COVID-19.
- Making social protection systems more adaptive and resilient for the most vulnerable in preparation for future shocks, pandemics or environmental.
- Designing and implementing innovative policies that are genuinely cross-sectoral so, policy outcomes become more coherent, just and sustainable.