Dynamic social security: A framework for directing change and extending coverage


  • The views presented in this article are those of the author alone and should not be attributed to the ISSA. The author thanks Roger Charlton, Wouter van Ginneken and Vladimir Rys for comments and suggestions that contributed to shaping the article.


The developmental path of social security organizations has typically been one of incremental but steady adaptation in order to realize improvements in organizational performance and desired social security programme outcomes. In the evolving context of ageing society and globalization, there is increasing pressure for further and more rapid adaptation. To this end, this article proposes a unifying framework for action to help all social security organizations better realize improvements in performance and desired programme outcomes. This proposed framework is called “dynamic social security”. By seeking to link social security organizations’ aspirations and actions more closely and positively with those of economies and society, the aim is to help better realize, at least, a basic level of social security for all.