Safety nets protect vulnerable households from impacts of economic shocks, natural disasters, and other crises
An estimated 36 percent of the very poor escaped extreme poverty because of social safety nets, providing clear evidence that social safety net programs are making a substantial impact in the global fight against poverty.
In developing and transition countries, 2.5 billion people are covered by safety net programs. Of these, 650 million people are from the poorest quintile.
Yet, in low-income countries, only 1 in 5 of the poorest are covered by safety net programs.