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Social Protection in a Pandemic – Trends, Challenges, and Technology

Asian Development Bank (June 2022) The report, part of a GIZ-ADB collaboration, reviews trends in social protection and recent pandemic responses. It discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) tools can fit into the social protection delivery chain. It reviews the functioning of the delivery…

ICT covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.adb.org/publications/social-protection-pandemic-trends-challenges-t… pmassetti
Bangladesh government launches first employment injury scheme pilot in the garment sector bangladesh

ILO news (21.06.2022) The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is celebrating the establishment of the country’s first ever pilot of a social security scheme working on income protection and medical care for work-related injuries. The EIS covers all ready-made garment (RMG) workers…

Occupational accidents and diseases Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/geip/news/WCMS_849244/lang--en/index.htm pmassetti
Can Digital G2P Transfers Drive Financial Inclusion and Digital Payments? Evidence from India india

Center for Global Development (09.06.2022) Does channeling government-to-person (G2P) payments through bank accounts encourage financial inclusion and use? This paper explores the factors that have driven the adoption of digital payments in India by beneficiaries of PMGKY, the large-scale COVID-…

Digital inclusion, Mobile technologies covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.cgdev.org/publication/can-digital-g2p-transfers-drive-financial-inc… pmassetti
India. Government to launch AI-driven portal for distributing pension payments india

Pension Policy International  (16.06.2022) In order to seamlessly process, track and disburse pensions, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare will soon launch an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled the common portal for the benefit of pensioners and elderly citizens. Union Minister…

ICT Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/india-government-to-launch-ai-driven… pmassetti
The impact of social assistance programmes in a pandemic: evidence from Kenya kenya

ZEF Discussion Paper (2022) This paper examines whether social protection – in the form of existing social assistance programmes – affects measures of household well-being such as poverty, food security and costly risk-coping behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using primary data from…

Social assistance covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.die-gdi.de/externe-publikationen/article/the-impact-of-social-assis… pmassetti
Four revealing graphs on paid family leave

worldbank.org (16.05.2022) Having celebrated International Day of Families on May 15, it is now a great opportunity to reflect on the existing frameworks that support working parents at home and at work. Paid family leave has been a main area of reform in the past few years, as a significant…

Family benefits family Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/four-revealing-graphs-paid-family-l… pmassetti
Social protection response to COVID-19 in rural LAC: The potential of digitalization to build back better latin america

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (April 2022) This Policy Research Brief analyses how digitalisation can facilitate rural populations’ access to effective and adequate social protection and economic inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. It investigates the region…

ICT, E-services covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://ipcig.org/publication/31279?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
The Road to Better Long-Term Care in Asia and the Pacific: Building Systems of Care and Support for Older Persons Asia

Asian Development Bank (May 2022) This report shares insights on capacity building for long-term care in six countries at different stages of population aging: Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, and Viet Nam. It explores these countries’ long-term care systems and their particular…

Old age Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.adb.org/publications/better-long-term-care-asia-pacific pmassetti
China: New voluntary personal pension system announced china

wtwco.com (19.05.2022)  Trial private retirement savings system to be rolled out in select cities in China in an effort to support an aging population.

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.wtwco.com/en-TH/Insights/2022/05/china-new-voluntary-personal-pensi… pmassetti
Responding to COVID-19 by Advancing Social Safety Nets in Liberia liberia

worldbank.org (10.02.2022)  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated poverty and threatened livelihoods in Liberia. The need to respond to this challenge spurred the expansion and digitization of the government’s ongoing cash transfer program. The Liberia Social Safety Nets Project launched the…

Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.worldbank.org/en/results/2022/05/10/afw-responding-to-covid-19-by-a… pmassetti
China to implement private pension system with a contribution cap of about $1,800 a year: report china

Global Times (21.04.2022) China will soon start a new era of "private pensions" with the imminent implementation of a relevant mechanism, according to a report by the Shanghai Securities News published on Wednesday. The new mechanism, which is characterized by policy support from the government…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1259894.shtml pmassetti
How to make active aging an integral part of economic growth in China china

World Economic Forum  (17.05.2022) China is a rapidly graying country with those aged 60 or above reaching 267 million or 18.9% of the total population, and this may rise to one-third of the population before 2050. Welfare reform must work in tandem with social policy so as to make active aging…

Published_SS_Monitor https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/05/solving-china-s-aging-population-problem/ pmassetti
The Impact of COVID-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Labor Markets: Employment Recovering, but Income Losses Persisting Africa

Economic Research Forum (ERF) (February 2022) This policy brief assesses the impact of COVID-19 on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) labor markets through June 2021. We use data from the four waves of the ERF COVID-19 MENA monitor household surveys, spanning November 2020, February 2021, April…

Employment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://erf.org.eg/publications/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-middle-eastern-and-no… pmassetti
Investments in social protection and their impacts on economic growth: tax financing options

developmentpathways.co.uk (2022)  The report builds on our previous research with ITUC, showing the economic benefits of social protection by examining the different financing options that states have at their disposal in order to strengthen and extend their social protection systems. The study…

Financing Published_SS_Monitor https://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/publications/tax-financing-options/ pmassetti
[Opinion] This is why we’ll probably have to work longer than our parents did

europeansting.com (06.05.2022) China’s plan to “gradually delay” the country’s legal retirement age has managed to unify a wide variety of people around a single sentiment: they don’t like it. As a country looking for ways to address the fact that it may not have enough workers paying into its…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://europeansting.com/2022/05/06/this-is-why-well-probably-have-to-work-lon… pmassetti
How can more people be on unemployment benefits than before COVID, with fewer unemployed Australians? Here's how australia

theconversation.com (26.04.2022) So low is Australia’s unemployment rate, the official count says there are now just 580,300 people unemployed – the least since 2009, when Australia’s population was one-sixth smaller than it is today. Compared to just before the start of the pandemic, 184,800…

Unemployment Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://theconversation.com/how-can-more-people-be-on-unemployment-benefits-tha… pmassetti
Pension systems matter for wealth accumulation and distribution | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal denmark

Retirement saving is at the centre of the debate on rising income and wealth inequality. This column studies the role of the pension system in wealth accumulation and distribution in Denmark. The authors find that a pension reform in the late 1980s increased the savings rate and aggregate…

Pensions https://voxeu.org/article/pension-systems-matter-wealth-accumulation-and-distri… pmassetti
New Scheme Aims To Halve Childcare Costs In Canada canada

weforum.org (31.03.2022) All 13 Canadian provinces and territories have now signed up to the plan which will also create a national daycare system. 

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://www.weforum.org/videos/new-scheme-aims-to-halve-childcare-fees-in-canada pmassetti
US: Lessons learned from expanded unemployment insurance during COVID-19 United States

brookings.edu (27.05.2022) The COVID-19 recession was born out of a public health threat. Thus, unemployment insurance (UI) was meant to insure people against income losses associated not just with involuntary job loss, as in a usual recession, but also with the choice not to work due to the…

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.brookings.edu/essay/lessons-learned-from-expanded-unemployment-insu… pmassetti
Universal cash transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean latin america

 International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (March 2020) Children and adolescents are exposed to a multitude of risks, which have worsened due to the socio-economic repercussions of COVID-19. This emphasises the need to improve the protection of children and adolescents, who…

Family benefits, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://ipcig.org/pt-br/node/31205?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
The post-pandemic prognosis for pension systems

brookings.edu (03.05.2022) Pension systems around the world faced a “stress test” during the pandemic—what you might call the “pension pandemic paradox.” On the one hand, there was pressure to allow access to pension savings as emergency support during a period of sharp economic downturn. This…

Pensions covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2022/05/03/the-post-pandemic-… pmassetti
Riding the waves: Adjusting job retention schemes through the COVID-19 crisis

oecd.org (March 2022) This document provides an update on the use of job retention (JR) schemes during the COVID-19 crisis until the end of 2021 and takes stock of the different strategies employed by OECD governments to adjust them as the crisis evolved. It provides three key insights. First,…

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/riding-the-waves-adjusting-jo… pmassetti
How AI and robots are caring for the elderly in Taiwan’s ageing society Taiwan, China

GovInsider (April 2022)  Yet, advancements in healthcare and sanitation standards are helping adults live longer than ever before. Taiwan, in particular, is estimated to become a super-aged society by 2025, with one in five being over 65 years old, said Dr Jenny Su Huey-Jen, President of the…

Health Published_SS_Monitor https://govinsider.asia/health/how-ai-and-robots-are-caring-for-the-elderly-in-… pmassetti
Taxation and Social Protection Asia

Asian Development Bank (April 2022) The brief discusses how an array of tax reforms over time, both in policy and administration, could allow more progressive structures and improved revenue performance. It notes that tax structures could be improved through broader tax bases, especially better…

Financing Published_SS_Monitor https://www.adb.org/publications/taxation-and-social-protection pmassetti
Japan eyes expansion of workers 'insurance scheme japan

Pension Policy International (April 2022) The Japanese government is reportedly discussing plans to expand the coverage of its employee pensions and health insurance programs to all workers in the country. The proposal will be initially handled by a government panel of experts on Japan’s social…

Health Insurance, Pensions self-employed, Universal Social Protection Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/japan-eyes-expansion-of-workers-insu… pmassetti