Social Protection in Asean: Features and Prospects


Paguman Singh

Abstract: The article review social protection systems in ASEAN countries to their char- acteristics, challenges and feasibility, that vary and depend on local contexts, political, de- mographic and other conditions. However, there are enough similarities in the prevailing economic and social challenges for ASEAN to take a more determined interest. ASEAN countries and their governments need to review their present systems and consider what policy changes are necessary to implement better social security protection provisions in each ASEAN country. Each country can consider the following measures to address the limitations of their social protection system: commitment to developing key pillars of the sys- tem, coordinated approach to social protection, publicise the principles of social protection, commitment to implementing social safety nets through the development plans, and develop research capabilities.

Keywords: Asean, social protection, social protection system