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A Decade of Social Protection Development in Selected Asian Countries

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Over the past ten years economic growth in Asia has contributed to a reduction of poverty as well as fertility rates, and greater prosperity has contributed to gains in life expectancy. However, at present many workers still work in informal employment, frequently for long hours at little pay and without social protection coverage. A growing demand for social support, extending the coverage of social protection benefits and improving the job quality of workers will be among Asia’s major challenges in future. This report considers these challenges, providing policy examples from countries to illustrate good practice, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Viet Nam.

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Executive summary

Over the past ten years, the socio-economic context in Asia has changed. Strong economic growth has contributed to a reduction of poverty and greater prosperity to reduced total fertility rates and increased life expectancy. Asia is increasing investment in education and its educational attainment is going up. Asia has to make the most of window of opportunity that an increasingly educated working-age population offers and prepare for the onset of population ageing in years to come.

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