The Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway
Socialprotection.org was created in response to a request from the Development Working Group of the G20. In 2012 the IPC-IG took the lead in developing a prototype in consultation with the World Bank Group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and leading agencies gathered under the Social Protection Inter- Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B). Following the development of a prototype of the platform in 2012, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) greenlighted the project at the end of 2013. As a result, an official agreement between the IPC-IG and DFAT was signed in January 2014, to further develop and launch the prototype.
Other Thematic Areas
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2016 the platform’s most outstanding results were the following:
- More than 600 new stakeholders, directly or indirectly related to social protection issues, were included in the platform.
- The platform hosts over 2,300 publications, revised and categorised by our knowledge management team. Around 30 per cent of those were uploaded by the members themselves. Prominent topics among the publications shared by the platform are cash transfers, the labour market, health and education.
- A total of 21 webinars were organised in 2016 in collaboration with different partner institutions such as FAO, HelpAge International, WWP, CaLP and OPM, featuring a broad range of panellists. Some webinars were part of a webinar series and have resulted in the creation of corresponding online communities for registrants to connect and share documents following the live event.
- Nineteen new online communities administered by over 15 different institutions were created in 2016 to facilitate the activities of working groups, promote specialised knowledge exchange among policymakers and disseminate information on specific topics.
- The platform distributed 12 editions of its monthly newsletter to 1,500 subscribers.
- Socialprotection.org also launched the second phase of the Ambassador Programme, an online volunteer programme operated via the United Nations Volunteers website, to promote the platform throughout different regions. The ambassadors actively participate in activities related to content mapping and inclusion, knowledge exchange and networking to the platform as well as its promotion and dissemination. In 2016 the programme had 34 ambassadors, representing 24 countries around the world.