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The paper analyses the current and possible future development of social protection systems in three Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The three countries are at differing levels of development but face a number of shared challenges including poverty and malnutrition, climate change and food price volatility. Their social protection systems range from an embryonic system in Laos to an ‘emerging’ system in Vietnam. Following an overview of the three countries and their social protection systems (drawing on the ADB comparative Social Protection Index), we discuss in detail the social protection system in each country, the impact of that system and the role and impact of development partners. This section also looks at key future developments. Part 3 discusses a number of key challenges facing social protection systems and part 4 concludes with a discussion on the possible future directions in social protection in the region.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Government services
  • Poverty policy and regulation
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
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Mel Cousins, Trinity College Dublin, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Research Associate

Author (individual) Cousins, Mel
Publication place Dublin, Ireland
Publication date 2014
Pagination 23 p.
General note

includes bibliographical references.

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Date modified July 2, 2015, 10:21 (UTC)