Inclusive Social Security Policy Forum (ISSPF) aspires to be a network and space for civil society organisations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to find and contribute to practical resources to enhance their capacity to effectively engage in national debates on social security and social protection. It is open to all civil society organisations and individuals committed to working to challenge the dominant narratives and make the case for inclusive social security in the MENA region.
There is a dire need to shift the narrative on delivering social protection in the region, to move away from the prevailing old-fashioned poor relief model and toward a modern, inclusive social security model (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Imagining a shift from poor relief to an inclusive social security model in the MENA region
Across the MENA region, social insurance schemes tend to provide support solely to those in the formal economy, while the rest of the population is only offered poor quality programmes for “the poor”. The dominant social security paradigm across the region is a bifurcated model that excludes a large proportion of the population living on middle – but still low and insecure – incomes from social security, the so-called “missing middle”. The alienation of this key group from social security – and other public services – has become a major challenge across middle-income countries in the region, potentially undermining trust in the state, and is increasingly a key source of public unrest.
ISSPF aims to de-mystify complex concepts in social protection and social security by improving understanding of the qualitative differences between different types of social protection programmes and their implications for achieving broader national economic and social development goals.
Through the network, ISSPF provides access to research on inclusive social security, practical tools to support organisations as they engage in national debates, opportunities to participate in trainings and events on inclusive social protection, and a blog and news space to follow and weigh in on pressing issues.
Made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation, ISSPF is implemented in partnership with Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in Jordan and Lebanon Support in Lebanon.
Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development
A CSO empowering marginalised groups, and promoting human rights & rule of law in Jordan.
ARDD is a Civil Society Organisation that aims to achieve social, economic, and political justice and assists vulnerable segments of society in acquiring their rights.
A brief overview on constitutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and their incorporation (or not) of the right to social security.
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