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Uruguay’s award-winning innovations for social protection

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March, 2016
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Uruguay stands out in Latin America and the Caribbean for the significant and early progress it achieved in terms of social protection.

Now gaining global attention, Uruguay is pioneering an award-winning information system to reduce poverty and vulnerability. The system addresses challenges faced by many governments in targeting and coordinating social assistance and, with reduced costs from license-free software, it could soon be replicated in other countries.


About 25% of its GDP, and over 80% of total public spending). While these resources have enabled great advances, the wide array of institutions responsible for deploying them creates coordination challenges.

For example, Florencia, a resident of Canelones, is 76. She accesses government services for her pension, her medications, and for the grandchild she takes care of.

Read more: https://blogs.worldbank.org/governance/uruguay-s-award-winning-innovatio...

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