Maps and charts

Social coverage, 1950-2014

Source: International Labor Organization, World Social Protection Report 2017-2019,


Social protection and the right to social security have been part of the ILO mandate since it was created in 1919. The organization supplies very full databases (World Social Protection Database) and reports on this matter. A comparison of the two maps with a 60-year gap between them (1950-2014) shows – all branches combined – substantial progress (the “no cover” category having almost disappeared) and an increase in the number of countries with complete coverage. This does not mean that all inhabitants have full access and that the coverage meets their real needs. Furthermore, great inequalities continue to subsist (“partial cover” or “very limited” in most African states, the particular situation of the United States where it is private, and so on).


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