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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
The COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab Region: An Opportunity to Reform Social Protection Systems arabic countries

ESCWA (April 2022)  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, social protection systems in the Arab region were weak, fragmented, not inclusive, and non-transparent. They were also costly and unsustainable. Underinvestment in these systems and exclusion of vulnerable populations were key challenges. The…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.unescwa.org/publications/social-development-covid-19-arab-region-pr… pmassetti
Dutch scandal serves as a warning for Europe over risks of using algorithms – POLITICO netherlands

The Dutch tax authority ruined thousands of lives after using an algorithm to spot suspected benefits fraud — and critics say there is little stopping it from happening again.

Artificial intelligence, Error, evasion and fraud https://www.politico.eu/article/dutch-scandal-serves-as-a-warning-for-europe-ov… rruggia
A digital Philippines: Leveraging ID for a digital social protection delivery philippines, the

worldbank.org (31.03.2022) The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fundamental role digital ecosystems can play in helping a country to rapidly deliver services and relief to its people, such as healthcare education, and social assistance. Countries that already had in place the “stack” of…

E-services identity management Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/digital-philippines-leveraging-id-d… pmassetti
Toward More Accessible and Inclusive Social Assistance Delivery : A Geospatial Analysis in the Philippines philippines, the

worldbank.org (2022) The Philippines’ experience in implementing the social amelioration program (SAP) in response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic highlights the pressing need for financial inclusion, especially among the poor. The absence of a national identification (ID)…

E-services, Service quality covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/37178 pmassetti
EU: Social protection for atypical workers during the pandemic european union

etui.org (2022) The spread of Covid-19 and the ensuing adoption of lockdown measures have had severe consequences for European labour markets. All EU governments quickly made unprecedented economic and social support available to tackle the consequences of the pandemic. However, these measures…

Difficult-to-cover groups self-employed Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.etui.org/publications/social-protection-atypical-workers-during-pan… pmassetti
Kenya: Universal Health Coverage allocated Sh62.3bn in new budget kenya

Capital News (07.04.2022) The government has allocated Sh146.8 billion to cater for health care services in the 2022/2023 budget. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani says the allocation will go a long way in improving the health care services in the country. “Better health care outcomes…

Health Insurance universal health coverage Published_SS_Monitor https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2022/04/universal-health-coverage-allocated-sh… pmassetti
Social Protection for the Informal Economy: Operational Lessons for Developing Countries in Africa and Beyond Africa

worldbank.org  (17.11.2021) The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities of the vast and diverse informal economy as well as the lack of social protection schemes to provide timely support, especially to those in urban areas. To protect vulnerable individuals from shocks and build their…

Difficult-to-cover groups covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/publication/social-protection-for-the-i… pmassetti
Major reform of the Dutch Pension system netherlands

Pension Policy International ((06.04.2022) On March 30, 2022 the Dutch government submitted draft legislation to reform the Dutch pension system, (the Bill) which is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2023. If the Dutch House of Representatives approves the proposal, it will go to the…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/major-reform-of-the-dutch-pension-sy… pmassetti
Europe: Access to social protection for young people. An analysis of policies in 35 countries european union

europa.eu (01.04.2022) With the aim of contributing to the ongoing policy dialogue between the European Commission, Member States and (potential) candidate countries, the European Commission asked the 35 country teams of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) to look at how the eligibility…

Employment of young workers Published_SS_Monitor https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=738&amp%3BlangId=en&amp%3BpubId=8454… pmassetti
World bank: Fit-for-Purpose Social Protection Targeting Key to Supporting Those in Need

worldbank.org (31.04.2022) Social protection programs play a key role in helping individuals and families escape poverty, mitigate and manage risks, and improve resilience and opportunity. While the ultimate goal is to reach Universal Social Protection, interventions often need to assist the…

Cash transfers Published_SS_Monitor https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/03/31/fit-for-purpose-soci… pmassetti
UK: Flexi-retirement increasingly common due to gig economy united kingdom

Money Marketing (30.03.2022) Flexi-retirement is becoming increasingly common, as more and more retirees are opting to work part-time in the gig economy. According to a new report from Abrdn, two thirds of people retiring in 2022 do not plan on giving up work completely. This compares to just…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.moneymarketing.co.uk/news/flexi-retirement-increasingly-common/ pmassetti
Report: Ageing in a digital world – from vulnerable to valuable

https://www.itu.int(2021) By 2050, the number of people aged 65 years or older is projected to reach 1.5 billion. "Ageing in a digital world - from vulnerable to valuable" is the first- ever report to be produced by ITU to raise awareness in the ICT sector on the importance of being prepared to…

Published_SS_Monitor https://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-d/opb/phcb/D-PHCB-DIG_AGE-2021-PDF-E.pdf pmassetti
Asian Development Review: demographic change and human capital Asia

Asian Development Review: Volume 39, Number 1 | Asian Development Bank  (march 2022) This issue focuses on demographic change and human capital. It explores types of insurance for older people and considers economic security, education, and health. Among other topics covered are fuel subsidies…

Published_SS_Monitor https://www.adb.org/publications/asian-development-review-volume-39-number-1 pmassetti
EU lawmakers push for better protection of bogus self-employed european union

EURACTIV.com (30.03.2022) EU lawmakers quizzed the European Commission executive vice-president, Margrethe Vestager, about new guidelines that would enable self-employed people to seek the protection of collective bargaining agreements, with both sides agreeing that such a right should be…

Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-lawmakers-push-for-better… pmassetti
Ghana. SSNIT to expand coverage to cover more informal sector workers ghana

Pension Policy International (28.03.2022) Director-General of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, has said it’s outfit is working to expand coverage of the scheme to cover all workers in the informal sector. According to him, SSNIT has introduced an…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionpolicyinternational.com/ghana-ssnit-to-expand-coverage-to-co… pmassetti
UK: Over a third of people would accept lower pension savings for ethical investments united kingdom

Pensions Age Magazine (24.03.22) More than a third (37 per cent) of people would be willing to accept some reduction in their pension savings if their investments were made more ethically, a study by the High Pay Centre and Survation has found. Of those surveyed, two-thirds (66 per cent) said…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pensionsage.com/pa/Over-a-third-of-people-would-accept-lower-pensio… pmassetti
How Cash Transfers Bring More Women Into the Workforce

foreignpolicy.com (10.03.2022) One of the biggest challenges women face globally is the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their ability to work. According to the International Labor Organization, women’s workforce participation levels are still below pre-pandemic levels, whereas…

Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/10/how-cash-transfers-bring-more-women-into-t… pmassetti
Chile plans to reform controversial pension program next year chile

Reuters (22.03.2022) The Chilean government will send a long-awaited bill to reform the country's controversial private pension system to congress next year, Finance Minister Mario Marcel said on Tuesday.

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/chile-plans-reform-controversial-pension… pmassetti