ISPA TOOLS ARE
A set of practical tools that help countries improve their social protection system by analyzing
its strengths and weaknesses and offering options for further action
The Story of ISPA
Over the past two decades, the approach to development changed. While previously, Social Protection was often considered something countries could afford after they had reached a certain level of development, Social Protection has increasingly come to be regarded as a pre-condition for sustainable growth and an important investment in human capital.
Around the world, Governments are recognizing the importance of social protection systems in securing the well-being of the population and in fostering economic and social development. Yet, many countries are only starting to build coherent social protection systems. The lack of a system contributes to a significant under coverage of SP delivery (it is estimated that three out of four people around the world do not have access to comprehensive social protection).
Countries wanting to strengthen their social protection systems often seek technical advice on how to design and implement social protection initiatives.
Recognizing the need for more harmonized, coherent and coordinated approaches both at international and national levels social protection experts from around the world are developing a set of harmonized, systematic tools to assess and improve social protection systems, programmes and delivery mechanisms – the ISPA tools.
ISPA tools support countries in building coherent social protection systems, ensuring complementarity between initiatives, coordination across sectors, sufficient scale for addressing needs as well as strengthening effective and efficient service delivery systems.
ISPA provides a platform for collaboration across agencies to help craft a common vision for SP systems and ensure a consistent, inter-agency approach to system development.
ISPA tools have been developed by the world’s leading social protection specialists from more than 20 international organizations and development partners, with strong partnership from Governments. The tools benefit from the unique expertise and know-how of the different agencies in order to serve the needs of the countries they are assisting. Each tool has gone through a rigorous development and approval process for this purpose.
It is expected that the ISPA tools will be applied across countries, facilitating dialogue and ensuring the development of countries’ SP systems as well as international practices that will help countries to learn from each other.
All the ISPA tools that are free and publicly available and can be downloaded on this site.
The ISPA Governance Structure Consists of:
- An Executive Group (EG), established with a representation of specialized agencies in the field of social protection to make strategic decisions on all aspects of the ISPA initiative, based on the proposals of the ISPA working groups facilitated by the Coordination Team
- A co-located, lean Coordination Team (CT) with a focus on facilitation and support for development of the ISPA tools and standardization across tools. It reports to the Executive Group
- Working Groups (WG’s) composed of participating agencies to develop and guide the development of each tool