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COVID-19 in long-term care: Impact, policy responses and challenges

OECD (21.10.2021) The COVID-19 crisis has hit the long-term care (LTC) sector particularly hard, with large numbers of people dependent on care and particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 have fallen ill, and a disproportionate rate of LTC workers both exposed to, and infected by, COVID-19. The…

Health covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://doi.org/10.1787/b966f837-en pmassetti
List of data breaches and cyber attacks in August 2020

There were a massive 99 data breaches and cyber attacks in August, making it the third-biggest monthly total of the year by number of security incidents. But, by contrast, only 36,673,575 records were confirmed to have been leaked, which is the fewest we’ve recorded since May 2018. The true…

Security cybersecurity https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/list-of-data-breaches-and-cyber-attacks-in-… rruggia
List of data breaches and cyber attacks in April 2021

As always, you can find the full list of incidents below, with those affecting UK organisations listed in bold. In case you missed it, you may also be interested in our first quarterly review of data breaches and cyber attacks. The report takes the information collected in these lists and…

Security cybersecurity https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/list-of-data-breaches-and-cyber-attacks-in-… rruggia
3.6 million social security numbers exposed in unprecedented South Carolina cyber attack - The Verge United States

"This is not a good day for South Carolina." That was Governor Nikki Haley's public reaction to news that a foreign hacker had infiltrated South Carolina's Department of Revenue and made off with 3.6 million social security numbers and 387,000 credit/debit card numbers. Of the compromised cards…

Security cybersecurity https://www.theverge.com/2012/10/26/3560140/south-carolina-cyber-attack-3-6-mil… rruggia
Cyber Attack Disrupts COVID-19 Payouts: Hackers Take Down Italian Social Security Site italy

We've already seen supposed "elite hackers" attacking the World Health Organization, cyber criminals hitting a COVID-19 vaccine testing facility with ransomware and healthcare workers being targeted with Windows malware using coronavirus information as the lure.

Now, it has been reported…

Security cybersecurity https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/04/02/covid-19-payouts-disrupted-… rruggia
INPS hack: Italy’s social security website back online following cyber-attack claims | The Daily Swig italy

INPS has been distributing emergency funds to those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic

The website of INPS, the Italian department of social security and welfare, appears to be operational again after an apparent cyber-attack forced it offline yesterday (April 1).

Security cybersecurity https://portswigger.net/daily-swig/inps-hack-italys-social-security-website-bac… rruggia
Irish health service hit by "very sophisticated" ransomware | Kaspersky official blog ireland

A ransomware attack forced Ireland’s healthcare service to shut down its servers. Here’s what we know so far.

Kaspersky Team May 14, 2021 Updated on May 17, 2021. Media outlets are reporting an attack by ransomware on the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland’s healthcare system. The…

Security cybersecurity https://www.kaspersky.co.uk/blog/irish-health-service-ransomware/22768/ rruggia
United States: Government-paid family leave among proposed benefit changes - Willis Towers Watson

U.S. Congress is discussing legislation, not yet finalized, that could significantly alter the employee health and benefit landscape.

https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-TH/Insights/2021/09/united-states-governm… pmassetti
Employment policy: ILO launches new online database on employment policies and strategies to promote an inclusive job-rich recovery

ilo.org (19.10.2021) The online platform will serve as a unique worldwide reference and source of information on national employment policies, and strategies to promote youth employment.

Employment of young workers Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_823445/lang--en/ind… pmassetti
South Africa: A New Social Assistance Assessment Aims to Help Strengthen Policies and Programs for the Poor south africa

worldbank.org (07.10.2021) The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of South Africa, released a new report assessing the country’s social assistance programs and systems. In an environment of high unemployment, persistent poverty, weak economic growth and shrinking fiscal resources…

Social assistance, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/10/07/south-africa-a-new-s… pmassetti
Thailand approves $2.8bln more economic support measures thailand

ZAWYA  (18.10.2021) Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved a further 92 billion baht ($2.76 billion) of relief measures to help boost its flagging economy as the Southeast Asian country deals with its biggest and most prolonged coronavirus outbreak.  Thailand earlier this year approved a further…

Employment, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Thailand_approves_28bln_more_economic_suppo… pmassetti
Nigeria: Assessing Govt's Protective Efforts in Covid-19 Era nigeria

allafrica.com (14.10.2021) Social protection is a right for the federal government and not a token or favour. The last 18 months have been difficult for families and communities across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vision of equality and inclusion as explained in the…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://allafrica.com/stories/202110140187.html pmassetti
Tax and fiscal policies after the COVID-19 crisis

oecd.org (14.10.2021) The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant deterioration in public finances, adding to pre-existing strains from long-term structural challenges including population ageing, climate change, rising inequality, digitalisation and automation. This report, originally…

Contribution Collection and Compliance covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/tax-and-fiscal-policies-after… pmassetti
Greece: How active labor market programs can support guaranteed minimum income recipients greece

blogs.worldbank.org (07.10.2021) The Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) program is the flagship of Greece’s social protection reforms and particularly effective by international standards in reaching poor households.  Its national launch in February 2017 aligned Greece with other EU members in…

Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.worldbank.org/jobs/how-active-labor-market-programs-can-support-g… pmassetti
Development and Performance of the Elderly Care System in the People’s Republic of China china

 Asian Development Bank (August 2021) The three-tiered elderly system in the country consists of home-based care as the core support, community-based care as necessary support, and residential care as supplementary support. The main policies and progress of the system are explained, including…

Published_SS_Monitor https://www.adb.org/publications/development-performance-elderly-care-system-prc pmassetti
The Implications of COVID-19 for Welfare and Vulnerability in Nepal nepal

worldbank.org (06.10.2021) In Nepal, the lockdowns that were adopted to mitigate the public health impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were accompanied by a significant contraction in economic activity. These in turn suggest a negative outlook for poverty and welfare, particularly in the face pre-…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail… pmassetti
G2P Payment Arrangements in Egypt and COVID-19 egypt

worldbank.org (23.06.2021) The report discusses the "Takaful and Karama" cash transfer program (TKP) in Egypt. Launched in 2015, it is a flagship social assistance initiative of the government. Takaful is a family income support program. It is a conditional cash transfers programme targeting…

Family benefits, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail… pmassetti
Number of pension age Germans projected to increase 22 pct by 2035 germany

china.org.cn (30.09.2021) The number of people of retirement age in Germany will rise by 22 percent by 2035, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said on Thursday. The number of people aged 67 or over in the country will go up to 20 million, a 22 percent increase from 2020, the first medium…

Old age Pensions Published_SS_Monitor http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-09/30/content_77785578.htm pmassetti
Ghana. NPRA targets to rope in 11 million workers into pension schemes ghana

pensionpolicyinternational.com ( (01.10.2020) Mr Alhassan Yakubu Fuseini, the Tamale Zonal Manager of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), says the Authority plans to rope in 11 million workers in the formal sector onto pension schemes. He said as the NPRA works to achieve its…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/npra-targets-to-rope-in-11-million-w… pmassetti
Sistema Nacional de Cuidados uruguay

Al Sistema Nacional de Cuidados le competen:

  • Aumentar la cobertura y elevar la calidad de los servicios de cuidado para la primera infancia, que estimulen el desarrollo de niños y niñas, faciliten su acceso a la educación y brinden a los hogares una…

Long-term care https://www.gub.uy/sistema-cuidados/ rruggia
Global social protection platform to fill knowledge gap pakistan

tribune.com.pk (19.09.2021) Taking a lead on universal social protection, the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations convened the first meeting of the Group of Friends on Social Protection along with Turkey, Nigeria and Costa Rica.

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://tribune.com.pk/story/2320944/global-social-protection-platform-to-fill-… pmassetti
US: The new child tax credit does more than just cut poverty United States

brookings.edu (24.09.2021) With COVID-19’s disruptions in employment, child care, and education, it is unsurprising that child poverty substantially increased in 2020—roughly 1.2 million more children were living in poverty in 2020 when compared to 2019 (an increase from 15.7% to 17.5%). As…

Family benefits covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://socialprotection.org/discover/news/blog-new-child-tax-credit-does-more-… pmassetti
Case study: Data responsibility and digital remote targeting during COVID-19

calpnetwork.org (10.03. 2021) Challenges due to the pandemic have led to all kinds of innovations and adaptations focused on remote targeting, enrolment, verification and delivery. While required for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, these new approaches might be useful in future responses that…

ICT, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.calpnetwork.org/publication/case-study-data-responsibility-and-digi… pmassetti
Europe: Social protection and inclusion policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis Europe

European Commission (07.09.2021) This ESPN report examines the (sub)national social protection and inclusion policy measures that European countries put in place to help address the social and financial distress created by the pandemic and by lockdown policies. It covers the 27 EU Member States…

Social Policies & Programmes covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&amp%3BcatId=89&amp%3BnewsId=1006… pmassetti
Cash and the city: Digital COVID-19 social response in Kinshasa Congo, Democratic Republic of the

brookings.edu (08.09.2021)  As COVID-19 spread across the world, governments responded with an unprecedented increase in social assistance measures. Policymakers had to shift their focus to urban areas, particularly slums, whose residents were hit the hardest by the pandemic and its economic…

ICT, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2021/09/08/cash-and-the-city-… pmassetti