For social protection to become truly inclusive, social protection must meet the needs of younger women and men.
Michelle supports ADB initiatives to promote inclusive growth by strengthening the knowledge base on social protection in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the Social Protection team in 2013, she was involved in the regional program on the MDGs with UNESCAP and UNDP. She was also a consultant for ChildFund, developing projects at the community/village levels of the tsunami-stricken and conflict–affected areas in Indonesia and Afghanistan. Michelle is currently working on capacity building and cross-country learning on financing strategies and ICT for social protection in Asia and the Pacific.
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Asia’s economic growth owes a lot to the rise of both big business and SMEs. But left alone, there is little incentive for private firms to do more for workers beyond the norm.
In an often harsh and unpredictable world, social protection schemes provide an essential buffer against extreme events like job losses, as well as support during times of ill health or in old age, but in Developing Asia coverage levels are falling well short of the region’s vast needs.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to conditional cash transfer programs, but there are key elements that will increase the chances of success.