Social Pensions consist of monetary transfers associated to old age or disability that the State provides to those who have not been working in the formal labour market or have not made 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) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), which financed the project "Sustainability of co-responsibility transfer programmes" (GER/001/09), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which financed the cooperation programme “Social protection and inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean” (SWE/09/002). 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 are contributing to the update of the information. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) provided English translation of the contents of the database. The Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) of the Organisation of American States (OAS) collaborated with data quality checks.
Data have been obtained from official country documents, unless other sources are cited.
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