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Social Protection Reform in Arab Countries

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Social protection systems, their design and their extent, are shaping social cohesion, social justice, the structure of the labour market, the prevention and alleviation of poverty, as well as resilience to economic shocks in any given society. The report discusses recent and ongoing social protection reforms taking place in Arab countries, policy options applied by the countries in the region, as well as choices, trade-offs and challenges Arab countries are facing while carrying out the reforms.

In order to be effective, social protection systems must be integrated into the broader spectrum of social policies. This requires close cooperation across government institutions at central and local levels, as well as with private sector institutions and civil society.