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From Universal Basic Services to the Social Guarantee

October 18, 2021

The Social Guarantee (SG) is an initiative hosted by PRIME to stimulate wider interest in Universal Basic Services (UBS) as a framework for policy and practice, to ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials. Since our last update in February, the SG team has been busy working towards three strategic goals: to get the Social Guarantee on the agenda through public and political debate, to create alliances and networks, and to build knowledge through research.
Framing the Social Guarantee
An early task was to develop a new frame for UBS, one that is more digestible and appealing. After a few weeks of dialogue and testing, we developed the Social Guarantee. This is a guarantee that everybody’s fundamental needs will be met. All of us have a right to basic services, to healthcare,

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