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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
About this database

Non-contributory pensions are cash transfers mainly for older persons or persons with disabilities that the State provides to those who have not had a formal employment or have not made any (or enough) contributions to social security during their working life. This database provides data on expenditure, coverage and amount of the monetary transfers, as well as detailed information on the different components of social pensions in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

This database has been developed by the Social Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) thanks to the collaboration with the Social Component of the ECLAC-BMZ/giz project “Recover better: Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic consequences in Latin America and the Caribbean” and the ECLAC-BMZ/giz project "Sustainability of co-responsibility transfer programmes" (GER/001/09); the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), through the cooperation programme "Social protection and inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean" (SWE/09/002); and the Ford Foundation through the project “Social inequality and the future of workers in Latin America in the context of post-pandemic recovery”. The "Time for equality: Strengthening the Institutional Framework of Social Policies" (ROA 235-8) and "Promoting equality: Strengthening the capacity of select developing countries to design and implement equality-oriented public policies and programmes" (ROA 315-9) projects financed by the United Nations Development Account contributed to the update of previous versions of this database. Until the year 2020, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) provided English translation of the contents of the database.

Data have been obtained from official country documents, unless other sources are cited.

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