Inclusive and Equitable Social Protection for Marginalized Workers in ASEAN

Inclusive and Equitable Social Protection for Marginalized Workers in ASEAN

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This program builds on the 2014-2016 program in the ASEAN region to promote social protection for vulnerable groups in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, namely marginalized workers. At local level the program obtained encouraging successes. Now the focus will also be put on increased effectiveness of national advocacy for more inclusive social protection frameworks, implemented by capacitated citizens. This program enrolls in the thematic “Decent Work” and its strategic objective to promoting decent work for sustainable, equitable, solidarity and inclusive development. We contribute to two specific objectives: "Social protections for all" and "Promotion of social dialogue for all."

We are obtaining national impact by using a combination of strategies: (i) working with a wider constituency of marginalized workers’ groups, (ii) creation of national and widely supported advocacy coalitions for specific demands for social protection, (iii) ensuring that representatives are empowered for social dialogue, competences and members’ support, (iv) ability to create advocacy opportunities via media, public campaigns and lobby-work, (v) cooperation across borders in regional networks to jointly monitor the roll out of the ASEAN Action Plan for Social Protection with focus on 3 crucial issues: increased inclusiveness, reduced gender gap and increased financing of social protection. We are working with 15 partners in 3 countries with 1 regional network, and supported by 6 stakeholders that bring expertise, competences or capacity building. We expect positive impact in terms of increased social and economic resilience for about 200.000 citizens in 3 countries.

Project period

1 January 2017 – 31 December 2021

Specific Objective

About 78,000 organized marginalized workers in Cambodia, in particular women, can increase their economic and social resilience by influencing the relevant decision makers to expand, finance and deliver social protection more effectively and equitably.

How we work

In Cambodia, this program works with 6 partners who are working with different groups of informal economy sectors to promote inclusive and equitable social protection: The focus areas are:

  • Social insurance for informal workers with homebased or sub-contract enterprises.
  • Decent work for marginalised workers in general services including : entertainment, food and brewing, supermarkets, gasoline stations, waste collection, public transportation, street vendors, and domestic workers.
  • Social assistance for small scale farmers, especially women’s farmers
  • Women empowerment and gender equality with garment workers, sex workers and
  • Youths’ engagement in social protection espcailly with youth who are working in informal sectors