How Social Protection Systems Build, Employ and Protect Human Capital

How Social Protection Systems Build, Employ and Protect Human Capital


Meet Anna. She was born just last year. Anna is a healthy and happy baby. Her family is not rich, but they do their
best to take care of her. Anna loves to eat mashed bananas and play
with her brother. Bedtime is her favorite part of the day, when
her mother’s soft voice cradles her to sleep with a song. In a few years, it will be time for Anna to
go to school. Her family has high hopes for the little girl. But they are very worried, because times have
been getting hard. ● Her brother is in school, but the family
struggles to pay school-related expenses. ● Anna’s father has just lost his job. Her mother is now the sole provider, but her
work as a farmer provides very little income. ● To make things worse, their village has
just been hit by a flood from an overflowing river. Food and healthcare are in limited supply. Anna’s family is not well equipped to face
these challenges. How could things have been different? What Anna’s family needs is access to a
good social protection system that can provide income support when times are hard. It does this by helping them: • invest in health and education
• earn an income and learn skills that help them find good jobs
• And cope with shocks and unexpected adverse events. Social protection systems build, employ and
protect the human capital of a nation. BUILD
● A small amount of money sent at regular intervals gives Anna’s family the means
to ensure Anna and her brother are healthy, nurtured and educated. ● A good Social Protection delivery system
ensures that programs are reaching poor households consistently and on time. EMPLOY
● Social Protection helps make sure that working-age adults like Anna’s parents have
opportunities to find good jobs. They do this by providing access to financing
and skills training, and helping people find wage work. ● Jobs programs also support better employment
opportunities: especially for young people, women and disadvantaged groups. ● Public works programs offer direct employment
for people like Anna’s father, who just lost his job. PROTECT
● A well-designed network of safety nets can provide social assistance to Anna’s
family during emergencies. For example, they may need additional temporary
support if they lose their crop, or if their house is damaged by the floods. Today, only 1 in 5 of the poorest people in
low-income countries—like Anna’s country—has any form of social protection. And as we have seen, social protection is
key to fueling the human capital of those who are poor and vulnerable. It helps economies and communities grow and
prosper. That is why effective social protection systems
are important for children, countries and economies across the world. To learn more, visit:
worldbank.org/humancapitalproject and worldbank.org/en/topic/socialprotection

2 Replies to “How Social Protection Systems Build, Employ and Protect Human Capital”

  1. comprendiendo este tipo de propuestas y uniéndonos apoyando a políticas cada vez mas incluyentes en nuestros países, gestionando sistemas de calidad y certificación que les permitan a las personas acceder a una mejor calidad de vida , lograremos un verdadero cambio gradual , no basta con simplemente señalar la marginalidad , emprendamos una acción por mas pequeña que sea esto gradualmente realizara un cambio en nuestro entorno en nuestra comunidad con nuestros vecinos .

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