National case studies on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean reveal that over the past 10 years social protection systems and, in general, social policies in the region have been transformed.
Specifically, four clear trends emerge in the vast majority of case studies:
i) stronger and increased coverage in social protection;
ii) increased quality and greater variety of social protection options, both in terms of programmes and in the growing specificity of the population served;
iii) a growing institutional/regulatory framework to support benefits (laws, earmarked fiscal allocations, rights-based identification of beneficiaries); and
iv) efforts to achieve greater coordination and cooperation among various social sectors and programmes
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