In spite of substantial economic progress, the Asia-Pacific region is still home to 641 million people, or two thirds of the world’s poor. In addition, a number of recent natural disasters and economic crises have negatively impacted on especially vulnerable groups, including the poor. In response, many Asia-Pacific countries have sought to develop or further strengthen their social protection systems.
To assist member states to further develop social protection, ESCAP is implementing a project that aims to develop a greater knowledge base by compiling knowledge and analyzing the impact of income support schemes, an important basic social protection measure, of Member States. The outcome of the project is to provide a context and understanding for policymakers in the region in order to strengthen frameworks and extend coverage of income support schemes as one of the more prevalent forms of social protection.
In this context, this regional consultation will review the research framework and the country survey template which guide the research on income support schemes in the region. After finalization of the research framework and the country survey template data collection, draft country reports, analysis, draft regional report, and regional consultation on the draft regional report will be phased in.