About SSPS

What is the Project About?

The Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Programme responds to deficiencies in the existing social protection system and a need for system reconfiguration. The current document has been developed on the basis of suggestive reforms by the first mid-term review of National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) of Bangladesh, other diagnostic research and response to COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh social protection system.

The Programme has two components (1) Governance of social protection, with the purpose of ensuring better governance of social protection by helping to build coordination, M&E and reporting functions while strengthening research and analysis capacities in order to build a more effective evidence base for effective policy development; (2) Stronger Social Protection Systems, with the purpose of developing a modern social protection infrastructure capable of supporting a nationally integrated delivery system for reliable, transparent and developmental GoB social transfers and promote linkages to ensure effective coordination.

Currently, there are 119 social safety net programmes; implemented by 25 line ministries, with a budget of Tk. 107,614 Crore Taka (FY 2021-22), accounting for 17.83% of the Government budget, and 3.11% of GDP. Against this backdrop, the Government of Bangladesh embarked upon the formulation of a comprehensive National Social Security Strategy (NSSS), to coordinate and consolidate the existing safety net programmes to achieve better efficiency and results. The long term vision of the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) is: “Build an inclusive Social Security System for all deserving Bangladeshis that effectively tackles and prevents poverty and inequality and contributes to broader human development, employment and economic growth.”

The core strategy of the programme is to consolidate the extreme poor who undergo risks of the life cycle, with programmes for children, working age people, youth, vulnerable women – the elderly, and persons with disabilities, transvestites, people with HIVAIDS and the urban poor.

The Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Programme

The Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Programme will help the government re-configure the current social security system so that economic growth is achieved in a more inclusive manner, with economic opportunities reaching the rural and urban poor and the protection of vulnerable groups against shocks.

The programme will help the government in two areas namely governance of social protection and strengthening of systems.

Governance of Social Protection

  • The Central Monitoring Committee (CMC) will be the Coordination unit charged with development and overseeing of the social security programmes and the inter-sectoral linkages;
  • Broader ownership of the programme;
  • Capacity building of officials;
  • Establish a policy research facility/unit on social security;
  • Establishing an Innovations and Research Challenge Fund.

Strengthening Systems

  • Platform of direct electronic Government to Person (G2P);
  • Field M & E/MIS for coordination and local compliance;
  • Training of local payment agents including via the UNDP A2I Project;
  • Finding out suitable software for piloting electronic payment platforms;
  • Using M & E database platform allied with IT support to deliver other services such as health;
  • Obtaining support from civil society organizations to help implement grievance systems and rights protected mechanisms;
  • Training officials to use M&E systems and electronic payment platforms.

Our Leadership

There will be a single Project Steering Committee (PSC) for the UNDP larger Social Protection Programme. The PSC, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, will be responsible for policy guidance and coordination between all institutions and groups involved in the Social Protection Programme. Under the Government reporting system established, the Steering Committee will, in turn, report to the Cabinet Division Inter-ministerial Committee on Social Protection. The PSC will also be connected with the DFID funded Social Protection Programme.

  • The Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh
  • The General Economics Division, Planning Commission
  • Australian Government
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • The United Nations Development Programme

Australia's bilateral relationship with Bangladesh continues to grow. Two-way trade exceeded $2.3 billion in 2016-17 on the back of sustained growth in the Bangladesh economy. Australia is increasingly a preferred education destination for Bangladeshi students. The Australian Government is providing an estimated $59.8 million in total Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Bangladesh in 2018-19. This includes an estimated $42.1 million in bilateral funding to Bangladesh managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Poverty has steadily declined over the last 20 years in Bangladesh, but 47 million people still live in poverty. Many people still do not have adequate foundational education, skills or assets to participate in and gain from growth in the economy. Access to better quality education and more effective social protection systems will help share the benefits of economic growth. Australia's ODA will support initiatives to enable Bangladesh to meet its development objectives with a particular focus on education and building economic resilience among the poorest and most marginalised communities.

The UK government’s active work to end extreme poverty is led by its Department for International Development (DFID). DFID works in 28 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East focusing on various areas such as education, health, governance, climate and environment, water and sanitation. The UK government is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the effective and transparent implementation of UK aid. It supports many organisations that work to fight poverty. The UK government works closely with the government of Bangladesh and its development partners in order to ensure strong delivery of aid for the poor. As such, the UK is the main donor of UPPR and a strategic partner, guiding and ensuring achievement of UPPR’s long-term objectives and desired changes in the lives of the urban poor in Bangladesh.
For more information, please visit: www.gov.uk/world/bangladesh

UNDP is a knowledge-based development organization that supports national objectives and internationally agreed goals (including the Millennium Development Goals). Over the past decades, UNDP has worked with the government and other bodies to produce transformational results in areas of poverty reduction, democratic governance and environmental protection as well as disaster management and climate change. UNDP’s work in poverty reduction emphasizes the importance of inclusive economic growth. Whether by mobilizing urban poor communities to access public services or building the savings and skills of impoverished rural women, UNDP seeks to ensure that the poor are not a burden on Bangladesh’s growth, but are a central and contributing element in it. In addition to working in close collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP manages the implementation of UPPR with support from UN-HABITAT and may other partners. UNDP works together with the Bangladesh Government to create an enabling policy-environment that responds to the needs of the poor and urban communities.
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What has been achieved so far?

  • 10 background papers support the NSSS development.
  • UNDP has demonstrated its leading position strategically in the social protection policy area through Political Economy Analysis.
  • UNDP book on “Social Protection in Bangladesh – Building Effective Social Safety Nets and Ladders Out of Poverty” published.
  • NSSS Implementation Unit at the GED (General Economics Division, Planning Commission, GoB) supports Social Protection research that feeds into 7th Five-Year Plan (Written inputs on inclusion of excluded groups in social protection provided for Chapter 6 of 7th 5-year plan).
  • NSSS shared with the Prime Minister, the Cabinet discussed the draft NSSS and revision submitted for Cabinet’s final approval and the Cabinet approves National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) in June 2015.