Design SSNs to help countries to respond to shocks. The World Bank needs to engage consistently during stable times to help countries develop SSNs that address poverty and can respond to shocks. This requires steady country dialogue and support for developing SSNs through access to reliable poverty data, crisis monitoring systems, and flexible targeting. Click here to learn from Pakistan’s Experiences Developing SSN systems to Address Shocks.
Support the development of SSN institutions and sustainable systems. The World Bank needs to accelerate its work on institution building to support SSNs, particularly in low-income countries, where capacity constraints are severe and SSN administrative systems may need to be built from scratch. In the middle-income countries, the approach will require continuing the effort to harmonize programs within the broader social protection framework. Click here to learn about the World Bank SSN programs in Brazil and Moldova.
Increase SSN engagement in LICs. The Bank needs to maintain special efforts through financing and internal incentives for LICs that permit them to develop SSNs that protect their poorest and prepare for shocks. Click here to learn about the World Bank SSN program Ethiopia.
Strengthen short- and longer-term results frameworks for SSN support. The Bank needs to improve the quality of objectives, design, and monitoring within projects, as well as develop a longer-term results framework for building effective SSNs to protect the poor and vulnerable. Weaknesses in poverty data, program designs, and monitoring indicators should be addressed to ensure target groups are adequately reached. Click here to learn about Key Questions to Ask of Each Program Improving Results Frameworks for SSNs.
Ensure strong cross-network coordination on SSNs. The Bank needs to improve internal coordination of SSNs between networks by reviewing budget practices to see if they constrain cooperation and sharing cross-sectoral and cross-network expertise.