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04 May 2023, 09:00 - 12:00 Maldives Time | Open meeting

JEN Maldives, Malé by Shangri-La, Malé, Maldives

1. Introduction

ESCAP has developed a microsimulation model, the SPOT Simulator, that enables users to examine the impact of different design features of non-contributory schemes on poverty, consumption, inequality and cost. Drawing on Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, the Simulator calculates the impact of providing non-contributory child, disability and old age benefits on development outcomes at the household and population level. Presented in a user-friendly manner, it aims to make data around social protection policy options more accessible for policy makers.

The SPOT Simulator is a tool to support countries in building stronger, more inclusive and comprehensive social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific. The half-day Workshop will introduce the SPOT Simulator and enhance understanding of its functions and relevance to supporting policy making on social protection.

2. Objectives

Through the Workshop on the ESCAP SPOT Social Protection Simulator, participants would:

  • Understand the SPOT Simulator design parameters of social protection schemes and tailor parameter settings
  • Identify impact of universal social protection benefits have on poverty, consumption, and inequality, consumption and coverage
  • Estimate costs of social protection schemes as proportion of GDP and government revenue
  • Provide input on how Simulator could be improved to best serve individual country requirements
  • Provide feedback on the ways to enhance its visibility and use by Governments

3. Participants

Participants were key stakeholders in relevant line ministries and development partners working on social protection.

4. Format

The Workshop involved interactive group exercises. Participants were kindly requested to bring their own laptops to access the online tool during the Workshop.

04 May 2023
Session I: SPOT Simulator: Overview

Objective of Session: To introduce key elements of the SPOT Simulator

  • Overview Presentation
  • Interactive Q&A
Session II: Simulator: Hands-on Simulation (Part 1 & 2)

Objective of Session: To test Simulator and provide feedback

Coffee Break
Session II: Simulator: Hands-on Simulation (Part 3 & 4)

Objective of Session: To test Simulator and provide feedback

Session III: Simulator: Feedback

Objective of Session: To provide feedback on functionality, relevance and user-friendliness


for more information, please contact

Social Development Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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