Social Protection as a term gained a wide currency as the collective response by the governments and societies to the protection of citizens against the outcomes of long-standing poverty and increasing inequality. The strategies, policies and programmes undertaken by the governments to address what they define as their Social Protection challenge continue to evolve. It was however felt by the members of Pakistan Alliance for Social Protection (PASP) established in the wake of COVID-19 in Pakistan in early 2020, that there was a need to establish a Think Tank dedicated to produce scholarly knowledge on the all the aspects of Social Protection in Pakistan. Thus, Social Protection Resource Centre (SPRC) was established as a premier think tank dedicated to promoting the universalization of social protection in Pakistan. This decision was based on the realization that the past policy choices and initiatives could not provide a minimum social protection to all the Pakistanis, which could reasonably withstand the vulnerability in any humanitarian crisis, economic shocks and natural disasters. The relevant stakeholders need more holistic, critical debates which could help quickly improve protections to the most dis-advantaged as Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Long Term Unemployed, Informal Workers and extremely poor households in terms of financial, health and rights protections.
SPRC underscored the significance of following issues and challenges for creating knowledge and voice to;
- Adopt a consensual national framework of providing minimum social protection to all in Pakistan at all levels
- Redefine the concepts of the Social Assistance and Social Security Regimes as the foundation stone of a functional Universal Social Protection System for Pakistan
- Define and measure the Unmet Social Protection Needs
- Focus and critically analyze on the key pillars of the existing institutional arrangements and role of the State to our National Universal Social Protection System
- Need to address the socio-economic challenges related to old age vulnerabilities, severe cases of disability and unemployed at the household level