About the product
Several years following its breakout in mid-1997, the impact and devastating consequences of the regional economic crisis still linger on. In response to this crisis, the affected countries set up social safety nets to cushion the impact of the shock on their people. However, as experience shows, social safety nets could not be conjured from thin air. This publication is a summary of case studies conducted in 1999 with the aim of strengthening policies and programmes on social safety nets in the region, including the conceptualization and planning process. These case studies were conducted on four countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand. It is hoped that the studies and recommendations will provide inspiration and stimulus to all the member countries of ESCAP to establish social safety nets for the protection of their people from the devastations of any crisis that might strike in the years ahead.