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Accelerating digital cash transfers to the world’s poorest

brookings.edu (17.02.2022) The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed an estimated 124 million people into extreme poverty globally, the first increase in extreme poverty in 20 years. To meet the magnitude of this need, governments around the world have dramatically ramped up social protection measures,…

ICT covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2022/02/17/accelerating-digit… pmassetti
The Challenges of Targeting Social Protection Programs

africanarguments.org (10 febrary 2022) In 2020, when the pandemic began, many governments worldwide undertook the task of channeling emergency support to their most vulnerable citizens. This task, made more difficult by the unprecedented public health restrictions implemented in various settings…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://africanarguments.org/2022/02/the-challenges-of-targeting-social-protect… pmassetti
Shortfalls in Social Spending in Low- and Middle-income Countries: COVID-19 and Shrinking Finance for Social Spending

unicef-irc.org (2022) Financing quality social services will require increased public investment and greater mobilization of both domestic and international resources in the post-COVID era. Currently, low- and middle-income countries invest, on average, just one third of their total government…

Financing covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/1345-covid-19-and-shrinking-finance-for… pmassetti
Spending on social protection rose nearly 270% with pandemic

UN News (07.02.2022) Opening the session, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Liu Zhenmin, argued that the pandemic had highlighted the critical role of social policies.  “The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated inequalities, and multiple forms of deprivation”, Mr.…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/02/1111442 pmassetti
Promoting longer working lives in the digital era

LSE Business Review (11.02.2022)  High automation risk discourages older workers from remaining in employment. In technologically advanced countries such as Finland, generous unemployment benefits to people 59 and over ends up creating a retirement pathway. Simply pushing that age limit back…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2022/01/11/promoting-longer-working-live… pmassetti
Families eligible for Italy’s single universal allowance from January italy

thelocal.it (31.12.2021) From Saturday, the single universal child benefit (L’assegno unico e universale) is open for applications and will be distributed from March 1st 2022. The measure forms part of Italy’s overall Budget Law 2022, which has established tax and pension reforms as well as…

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://www.thelocal.it/20211231/families-eligible-for-italys-single-universal-… pmassetti
France : Mon espace santé : ce qu’il faut savoir sur le nouveau dossier médical numérique france

Cet espace personnel sera créé automatiquement pour chaque personne couverte par l’Assurance-maladie, centralisant ses informations médicales.

Health Published_SS_Monitor https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2022/02/03/ce-qu-il-faut-savoir-sur-le-no… pmassetti
Denmark: Family leave reform denmark

wtwco.com  (24.01.2022) A large majority of the political parties in parliament have agreed on a new model to equalize family leave benefit entitlements between both parents, adopting almost in its entirety a proposal from the two main social partners. The bill required to amend current family…

Family benefits ssptw Published_SS_Monitor https://www.wtwco.com/en-TH/Insights/2022/01/denmark-family-leave-reform pmassetti
The Right Recipe for Reforming Pensions

Project Syndicate (29.12.2021) Even though governments do not provide all pension income in most national systems, they have good reasons to be involved in reform efforts. And one of the best things governments could do is to ensure that workers have the information and financial education they…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/right-recipe-for-successful-pensio… pmassetti
Public support for a universal basic income is dependent on the way it is funded united kingdom

lse.ac.uk (25.01.2022) The concept of a universal basic income has received increased attention since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what do the public think about the proposal? Drawing on a new study, Leire Rincón illustrates that a key factor affecting support for a universal basic…

Extension of coverage universal-basic-income Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2022/01/25/public-support-for-a-universal-ba… pmassetti
Report: UK: Social Insecurity united kingdom

economy2030 (january 2022) The UK is facing a decade of unprecedented economic change as we adjust to a post-Covid-19 economy, a new economic context outside the European Union (EU), and the decarbonisation of the economy.  And the social security system has a key role to play in the years ahead…

Social Policies & Programmes Published_SS_Monitor https://economy2030.resolutionfoundation.org/reports/social-insecurity/ pmassetti
​Virus has created different economic system, says Finnish pensions chief finland

IPE (31.01.2022) The chief executive officer of the State Pension Fund of Finland (Valtion Eläkerahasto, VER), said the economic conditions brought about by the pandemic will stay with us, and with digitalisation and medicine as the key drivers of this new system, that is where governments need…

Pensions, ICT covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ipe.com/news/virus-has-created-different-economic-system-says-finni… pmassetti
Digitalization of Social Protection Systems Policy in Indonesia as a Step Towards Society 5.0 indonesia

Atlantis Press (06.01.2022) Social protection system in Indonesia has played an important role in delivering social assistances to poor households in the past two decades. Literature of digital transformation in Indonesia’s social protection policy is still limited, therefore, this research…

ICT Published_SS_Monitor https://www.atlantis-press.com/proceedings/ulicoss-21/125968212 pmassetti
Social Assistance for Informal workers : Analysis of the COVID-19 response in Brazil and Colombia brazil, colombia

afd.fr (january 2022) This paper exposes the measures extended to informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study analyzes two South-American countries which have a high percentage of informality, Colombia and Brazil. We study the implications of the expansion of the social assistance…

Extension of coverage covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.afd.fr/en/ressources/social-assistance-informal-workers?origin=/en/… pmassetti
France: La dépendance liée au grand âge est un choix de société france

lemonde.fr (27.01.2022) Editorial du « Monde ». Alors que la révélation sur la gestion des Ehpad du groupe Orpea est devenue une affaire politique, il n’est pas trop tard pour que le grand âge devienne un thème de la campagne présidentielle.

Published_SS_Monitor https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2022/01/27/la-dependance-liee-au-grand-age… pmassetti
Social protection systems and the response to COVID-19 in the Arab region arabic countries

arabstates.undp.org (28.12.2021) The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting societies and economies at their core. In the Arab Region, the pandemic has exacerbated existing structural weaknesses in economies as well as unresolved social challenges, making the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.arabstates.undp.org/content/rbas/en/home/library/crisis-response0/s… pmassetti
First collective agreement for platform workers in Spain spain

socialeurope.eu (13.01.2022) After several reports by the labour inspectorate and contradictory judgments by the courts, in September 2020 the Supreme Court finally ruled that platform workers were employees and not self-employed workers—and that, therefore, the labour and social-security rights…

Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://socialeurope.eu/first-agreement-for-platform-workers-in-spain pmassetti
South Africa is taking steps to a new universal income grant in 2022 – what to expect south africa

businesstech.co.za (04.01.2022) Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu says that introducing a new basic income grant in South Africa will likely be phased in over several years, with her department currently pushing for an extension of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant as a…

Cash transfers covid19, universal-basic-income Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://businesstech.co.za/news/finance/548600/south-africa-is-taking-steps-to-… pmassetti
California could become first US state to offer universal healthcare to residents United States

theguardian.com (11.01.2022) California is considering creating the first government-funded, universal healthcare system in the US for state residents. The proposal, which lawmakers will begin debating on Tuesday, would adopt a single-payer healthcare system that would replace the need for…

Health universal health coverage Published_SS_Monitor https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/11/california-universal-healthcare… pmassetti
Understanding the Emerging Micropensions Market in India india

Innovations for Poverty Action (2022) Millions of informal sector workers in low- and middle-income countries are excluded from formal pension and social security systems, posing potential economic challenges for old age populations. Micropensions may help to address these challenges—but more…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.poverty-action.org/study/understanding-emerging-micropensions-marke… pmassetti
World Employment Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

ilo.org (05.01.2022) Digital labour platforms are now a vital part of contemporary life—they allow us to arrange a ride, order food and access a host of other services online. They accomplish this by connecting clients or customers with workers who undertake these tasks or “gigs”. The past…

ICT Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.ilo.org/infostories/en-GB/Campaigns/WESO/World-Employment-Social-Ou… pmassetti
Technology and Universal Health Coverage: Examining the role of digital health

 JOGH (20.11.2021) While there is tremendous promise to leverage technology for UHC, it will require smart, context-specific policies and programming with ample flexibility to adapt as needs and opportunities change – and with robust safeguards to protect privacy, data security, and equity. The…

Health, ICT Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://jogh.org/2021/jogh-11-16006 pmassetti
COVID-19 and Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific: Projected Costs for 2020–2030

| Asian Development Bank - This working paper applies the Social Protection Reform Simulation (SPRS20) costing model to analyze the costs associated with social protection in 30 Asia and Pacific countries against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.adb.org/publications/covid-19-social-protection-asia-pacific-projec… pmassetti
US: 2021 Poverty Projections: Assessing the Impact of Benefits and Stimulus Measures

Urban Institute (july 2021) In an earlier brief, we estimated that the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March 2021, would reduce the 2021 annual poverty rate to 8.7 percent (Wheaton et al. 2021). We now project a 2021 poverty rate of 7.7 percent for 2021.

https://www.urban.org/research/publication/2021-poverty-projections-assessing-i… pmassetti
India: e-Shram registration is a stepping stone towards protection of informal workers india

indianexpress.com (23.12.2021) The emergency requirements dictated by the pandemic led the Supreme Court, in May 2021, to order a time-bound inclusive and universal registration system for informal workers and circular migrants. The e-Shram portal which has come into existence now is meant to…

ICT, Extension of coverage covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/e-shram-registration-informal… pmassetti