Social protection measures are much more than short-term safety nets. They also include livelihood promotion, asset transfer and initiatives for social mobilisation that can empower the poor to take up opportunities.
Broader social protection addresses the full range of factors – including political, cultural and social factors – that keep people in poverty. It supports the agency of the poor by broadening the range of responses to hazards, risk and stresses – thus avoiding poverty traps.
Policymakers should adopt a broader view of social protection, and see it as helping both the poor and the poorest.