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Social safety nets (SSN)/Social assistance (SA) expenditure refers to total program expenditure including spending on benefits and on administrative costs. The indicator captures both the recurrent and capital program budget and is based on administrative program records. Program level expenditure is presented as a percent of GDP of the respective year, and is aggregated by harmonized program categories (unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, social pensions, school feeding, in-kind transfers, fee waivers, public works, and other social assistance) for all social assistance programs (expenditure on social insurance and labor market programs is not yet available). Expenditure indicators are available for 124 countries.

Public spending on social assistance programs, percent of GDP