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Social protection expenditure, 2010-2015

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. The map showing global expenditure on social protection (sickness, unemployment, old age, work accidents, family and maternity allowances, disabled allowances, and survivors’ pensions) calculated as a proportion of GDP marks out Western Europe and Japan as having the highest figures (more than 20% of GDP). At the other extreme, in parts of Africa and Western, Southern, and Southeast Asia, expenditure on social protection is low, with less than 6% of GDP.


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