SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM
IN MAURITIUS
THE SINGLE REGISTRY PROJECT
Mrs Jayavadee Sooben
Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and
Reform Institutions
Present system
In kind
transfers
Other
programmes
Social
protection
Made up of a number of
programs
Active labour
market
program
programs
Cash
Transfers
(Basic
Pensions)
Cash
transfers
(social aid )
ADMINISTRATION
• Various
Ministries
• Foundations
• Special funds
CASH transfers examples
Ministry of Social Security
• Social aid
• Non-contributory Pensions
• Unemployment Hardship Relief
In kind assistance examples
•
•
•
•
Wheelchairs, hearing aids, spectacles
Textbook Loan scheme
Overseas Medical Care
Support to persons with disabilities
Active labor Market program
examples
•
•
•
•
Workfare programme
Training of disabled persons
Remedial and Vocational Education
Integrated Community Development
(ministry of social integration)
Social Insurance
• Two Mandatory income related contributory
scheme (National Pensions Fund and
National Savings Fund)
• Civil Service and local government pension
schemes
• Multiple parastatal pension schemes
• Private voluntary occupational pensions
EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL
PROTECTION
Total expenditure = 21.7% of total Government Expenditure
About $ 466.6M for last financial year
6.1%
3.2%
8.1%
Basic Pension
29.1%
53.5%
Public Sector Pension
Contributory pension
Social Aid
other
Existing System
Ministry of
Social
Security
Register
benefici
aries for
Social
Aid
Register
benefici
aries for
Basic
Pension
Ministry of
Education
Book Loan
Scheme
Assistance
for
tertiary
education
Ministry of
Social
Integration
Ministry of
Fisheries
Ministry of
Housing/
NHDC
Register
fishermen
for Bad
Weather
Allowance
Register
beneficiar
ies for
assistance
for casting
of slabs
Register
beneficiaries
for a multiple
of
programmes
Overlapping of Programmes
Double Registration
Wastage due to
duplication of
processing
Inefficient
Programme
Monitoring
No Coordination
Lack of uniformity in
criteria
overcoverage
Proposals for reform
Establishment of a Single Registry
• Setting up of a single registry for beneficiaries
of social assistance to help in:
Managing social assistance programs in an
integrated way
Enhancing the targeting performance of programs
Adopting a unified approach to welfare
Economic analysis and monitoring policies
Proposals for reform cont’
Adopting a new method of targeting
• Present method of targeting is mainly based on income
• New method of targeting based on a set variables other than
income is being developed
• New method of targeting will enable the Ministry of social security
to properly identify the beneficiaries of cash transfer.
• Other able bodied beneficiaries will be shifted to the newly
created Ministry of Social Integration to be placed on the
empowerment programs.
• Single database will be managed by the Ministry of Social Security
but will be shared with other Ministries and government
institutions.
• Profile of applicants will enable other Ministries to place them on
their respective welfare programs.
Reform Strategy
Selection
Not
Eligible
On demand
registration
Program 1
Data
collection
(single
point of
entry)
SRM
Registry
Determine
Eligibility
Eligible
Program
Specific
Beneficiary
List
Program 2
Program 3
Outreach
registration
Registry
New
Targeting
mechanism
Ministry of Social
Security
Reduce
leakage
Reduce
Under
Coverage
All Ministries/Institutions
including Ministry of
Social Security
Challenges ahead
• Approval of the Cabinet
• Communication strategy
• Commitment of the staff regarding the new
method of registering beneficiaries
• Synergy to be put into place among the various
Ministries
• Change in mind set among the members of the
public
Thank You
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