Social protection relates to stopping, managing and dealing with situations that negatively impact people’s well-being. Poor, conflict-affected and transitional countries suffer conditions that make the provision of comprehensive social protection highly challenging. Effective social protection includes the design and implementation of policies and activities that reduce vulnerability and poverty. This is achieved by promoting enabling factors such as more efficient labour markets, reducing people’s exposure to risks and building community and individual resilience to cope with economic and social hazards such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age.
The work of Adam Smith International is ultimately directed towards building effective and sustainable social protection capacity. However, we also have a wide range of specific experience in working on targeted social protection reforms, from youth employment promotion in Iraq and the review of social protection strategies in the Mekong, to implementing conditional transfer schemes in Pakistan.
Our offerings in this area include:
- The delivery of community-driven development interventions
- Advancement of women in all sectors of the state
- Evaluation of social protection strategies
- Design and implementation of conditional transfers