International Organizations Clinic

The IMF and Social Protection

This report—an independent publication of the International Organizations clinic at NYU law school—seeks to evaluate
(i) how and why the IMF has engaged with social protection to date,
(ii) whether the IMF’s approach to social protection, as expressed through its policies and operations, is in line with the emerging global consensus about what social protection is and what is required to ensure the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goal 1 (and, specifically, Target 1.3—implementation of nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achievement of substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable), and
(iii) what influence the IMF has on social protection in member states.