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Hard hit by COVID-19, migrants seen facing "invisible wall"

reuters.com (09.03.2021) From Australia to Egypt, migrants and refugees have been especially hard hit by job losses and economic pain during the coronavirus pandemic, with many struggling to access healthcare and state aid, a survey showed on Tuesday. The survey, published in a report by the Red…

Covid-19 covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-migrants/hard-hit-by-covid-1… pmassetti
South Sudan: Benefit from World Bank Support for Social Safety Net south sudan

reliefweb.int (2020)

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $40 million International Development Association (IDA*) grant for the benefit of the people of South Sudan. The South Sudan Safety Net Project (SSSNP) will expand access to safety net and provide income…

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $40 million International Development Association (IDA*) grant for the benefit of the people of South Sudan. The South Sudan Safety Net Project (SSSNP) will expand access to safety net and provide income security for low income South…

Social assistance, Cash transfers, Financing, Covid-19 covid19, Emergency grants, family Published Measures summary https://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/south-sudan-benefit-world-bank-support… cambrosio
Mauritius: JICA provides $289 million support to fight COVID-19 under initiative with African Development Bank mauritius

africanews.com (25.02.2021)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an Official Development Assistance loan of up to 30 billion Japanese yen ($289 million) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild its economy. The loan, signed on 24…

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an Official Development Assistance loan of up to 30 billion Japanese yen ($289 million) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild its economy. The loan, signed on 24 February, is a parallel co-financing…

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an Official Development Assistance loan of up to 30 billion Japanese yen ($289 million) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild its economy.

The loan, signed on 24 February, is a parallel co-financi

Financing, Covid-19 covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.africanews.com/2021/02/25/mauritius-jica-provides-289-million-suppo… cambrosio
Gambia: Barrow Announces New 250M Covid-19 Relief to support families gambia

standard.gm (02.10.2020)

The Government of Gambia announced a new 250M Covid-19 emergency fund to support families affected by the economic downturn of the Covid-19 pandemic that includes the provision of a cash package of D3,000 to all families.

The Government of Gambia announced a new 250M Covid-19 emergency fund to support families affected by the economic downturn of the Covid-19 pandemic that includes the provision of a cash package of D3,000 to all families.

President Adama Barrow yesterday announced the launch of a D250 million emergency fund to support families affected by the economic downturn of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president said the funds will provide immediate food support to the entire Gambian populace to aid food security.

Family benefits, Social assistance, Cash transfers, Covid-19 covid19, poverty Published Measures summary https://standard.gm/barrow-announces-new-250m-covid-19-relief/ cambrosio
Gambia: Government To Disburse D100m Tourism Recovery Fund gambia

standard.gm (01.10.2020)

The Gambia Government plans to give the country’s struggling tourism industry a lifeline with a support package of one hundred million dalasi. The Government agreed to provide a one-off cash transfer of US$50 to each of the small-scale tourism actors whose…

The Gambia Government plans to give the country’s struggling tourism industry a lifeline with a support package of one hundred million dalasi. The Government agreed to provide a one-off cash transfer of US$50 to each of the small-scale tourism actors whose contact details are available. Since…

Tourism minister Hamat Bah said yesterday that the relief package is principally provided by the government and is designed to help tourism businesses to survive a massive drop caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds, according to Minister Bah, have already been disbursed to the acc

Social assistance, Cash transfers, Covid-19 covid19, Emergency grants Published Measures summary https://standard.gm/govt-to-disburse-d100m-tourism-recovery-fund-0/ cambrosio
Covid-19 has transformed the welfare state. Which changes will endure?

The Economist (06.03.2021) The pandemic may mark a new chapter in the nature of social safety-nets

Policy Analysis covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/03/06/covid-19-has-transformed-the-welf… pmassetti
More than just cash: an innovative child grant in Papua province Papua New Guinea

Development Pathways (03.03.2021) Given the need to address child development issues and to improve the coverage of social protection programmes across Papua, the Provincial Government of Papua (PGP) responded by launching BANGGA Papua, a child grant for all indigenous Papuan children from birth…

Family benefits, Cash transfers, Programme & Evaluation Published_SS_Monitor https://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/blog/more-than-just-cash-an-innovative-ch… pmassetti
Indonesia: Village Fund BLT Extended to 12 Months indonesia

cnnindonesia.com (05.01.2021)

The government changed the amount and duration of direct cash assistance ( BLT )  for village funds this year. In the previous PMK, village funds were given for nine months with a total…

The government changed the amount and duration of direct cash assistance ( BLT )  for village funds this year. In the previous PMK, village funds were given for nine months with a total amount of Rp. 600 thousand for the…

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia - 

The government changed the amount and duration of direct cash assistance ( B

Family benefits, Social assistance, Cash transfers, Covid-19 covid19, family, poverty Published Measures summary https://www.cnnindonesia.com/ekonomi/20210105190912-532-589873/sri-mulyani-tamb… cambrosio
Ghana: Data-driven social safety net response to the COVID-19 crisis ghana

worldbank.org (04.01.2021)

Strong data systems can play a crucial role in helping governments monitor, manage, and mitigate the impacts of adverse shocks. Ghana is among the countries pursuing such data initiatives. The government’s social protection authorities augmented and adjusted…

Strong data systems can play a crucial role in helping governments monitor, manage, and mitigate the impacts of adverse shocks. Ghana is among the countries pursuing such data initiatives. The government’s social protection authorities augmented and adjusted existing data systems to help inform…

Mobile technologies, Covid-19 covid19 Published Measures summary https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/data-driven-social-safety-net-response-c… cambrosio
UK: Universal Credit: Extend £20 benefit top-up for a year, say MPs united kingdom

BBC News (09.03.2021) The £20 weekly increase in Universal Credit must be extended for at least a year to avoid impoverishing hundreds of thousands of people, MPs have warned. The measure, which has been called a lifeline for struggling families, is in place until the end of March.

The £20 weekly increase in Universal Credit must be extended for at least a year to avoid impoverishing hundreds of thousands of people, MPs have warned. The measure, which has been called a lifeline for struggling families, is in place until the end of March.

Family benefits covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-55989791 pmassetti
New Spanish law to make food delivery workers ‘permanent staff’ spain

EURACTIV.com (12.02.2021) Spain’s labour ministry, trade unions, and employer’s associations have agreed this week in principle to a law improving the rights of food delivery workers employed by global digital platforms like Deliveroo, granting them the status of “permanent staff” instead of…

Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/new-spanish-law-to-make-food… pmassetti
EU unemployment reinsurance scheme falls off Commission’s radar  european union

EURACTIV.com (04.03.2020) An EU reinsurance scheme to support national unemployment benefits was not part of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan presented on Thursday (4 March), although the European Commission has been supportive of the idea.

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-unemployment-reinsurance-… pmassetti
Should we expect a post-Covid-19 social protection epiphany in Latin America? latin america

Global Development Institute Blog (18.02.2021) Social protection has played a leading role in government responses to Covid-19. Public programmes providing income and in-kind transfers to vulnerable population groups have been strengthened and enhanced to address the effects of the pandemic. In…

Extension of coverage, Covid-19 covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor http://blog.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/should-we-expect-a-post-covid-19-social-protec… pmassetti
Leveraging digital technologies for social inclusion

UN/DESA Policy Brief #92: (Feb 2021) COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of digital transformation: implications for social inclusion

ICT covid19, digital inclusion Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/un-desa-policy-brief-92-le… pmassetti
Kenya: Parliament halts COVID-19 related tax relief kenya

Reuters.com (22.12.2020)

Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were…

Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were introduced weeks after Kenya…

NAIROBI, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery.

The tax cuts were

Contribution Collection and Compliance, Covid-19 contribution collection, covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-kenya-economy/kenyan-parliam… cambrosio
Plan Ibirapitá - YouTube uruguay ICT, Communication digital inclusion https://www.youtube.com/c/PlanIbirapit%C3%A1Uruguay rruggia
US: Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs United States

apnews.com (01.03.2021) With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.

Error evasion and fraud covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-health-coronavirus-pandemic-asia-pacific-o… pmassetti
The Philippines to Suspend Social Security and Healthcare Premium Hikes for 2021 philippines, the

aseanbriefing.com (18.02.2021) The House of Representatives in the Philippines have passed House Bill No. 8461 (HB 8461) which seeks to authorize the President to suspend the premium contribution hike to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), in addition to House Bill No. 8512…

The House of Representatives in the Philippines have passed House Bill No. 8461 (HB 8461) which seeks to authorize the President to suspend the premium contribution hike to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), in addition to House Bill No. 8512 (HB 8512), which provides the…

Health, Contribution Collection and Compliance covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/the-philippines-to-suspend-social-security-a… pmassetti
Laos: Income support to help 17,000 garment workers hit by COVID-19 laos

ilo.org (23.02.2021)

Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100). Eligible beneficiaries, of whom 85 per cent are women, will receive the cash transfers by the…

Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100). Eligible beneficiaries, of whom 85 per cent are women, will receive the cash transfers by the end of March.

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR (ILO News) – Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100).

The Lao Social Security Organization (LSSO) today announced that one-time cash

Unemployment, Cash transfers, Shocks & extreme events, Covid-19 covid19, Emergency grants Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.ilo.org/asia/media-centre/news/WCMS_773038/lang--en/index.htm cambrosio
Médiateur numérique, en première ligne contre l’illectronisme - WE DEMAIN france

C’est une profession émergente, devenue essentielle à l’heure du confinement : les médiateurs numériques aident à comprendre les outils et les usages digitaux à tous ceux qui ne les maîtrisent pas. Personnes âgées, précaires, mais aussi jeunes, près de 20 % de la population est concernée.

digital inclusion https://www.wedemain.fr/partager/nouveau-metier-mediateur-numerique-en-premiere… pmassetti
France: Volet inclusion numérique - CONUMM france

3 axes principaux sont identifiés :

  1. Des médiateurs numériques formés, proposant des ateliers d’initiation au numérique au plus proche des Français;
  2. Des outils simples et sécurisés pour permettre aux aidants (travailleurs sociaux, agents de…
digital inclusion https://conumm.fr/2020/10/28/plan-de-relance-volet-inclusion-numerique/ pmassetti
Bolivia: One-time "Bond against Hunger" bolivia

Minesterioa de Economía y Finanzas (03.02.2021) As of February 1, 2021, the payment of the Bond Against Hunger reached more than 3.8 million Bolivians, covering 93% of the total universe of beneficiaries, with an outlay of Bs3,877 million, reported the Vice Minister of Pensions and Financial…

Introduction of the one-time payment "Bond Against Hunger" (Bono Contra el Hambre) in December 2020. The payment has reached more than 3.8 million Bolivians, as is expected to cover a total of 4.1 million persons. Legal basis: Supreme Decree No. 4345 of September 16th, 2020.

Cash transfers, Food and nutrition covid19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.economiayfinanzas.gob.bo/el-bono-contra-el-hambre-ya-llego-a-mas-de… mmarquez
Canada: Québec (Canada) Introduces Occupational Pension Plan canada

Social Security Agency (25.02.2021) On December 11, Québec's government approved a law introducing the Target Benefit Pension Plan (TBPP), an occupational pension plan that combines certain features of existing defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) plans. Like a DC plan, a TBPP is…

Old age Pensions, Pensions adequacy Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2021-02/index.html mmarquez
Singapore: Introduction of Government Match for Provident Fund Catch-up Contributions singapore

Social Security Administration (25.02.2021) Singapore Introduces Government Match for Provident Fund Catch-up Contributions In January, Singapore's Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board introduced the Matched Retirement Savings Scheme, a program that provides a dollar-for-dollar government match of…

Old age Pensions contribution collection, managing reforms Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2021-02/index.html mmarquez
Mexico: Reforms to the Mandatory Account Individual Account Program mexico

Social Security Association (25.02.2021) On January 1, Mexico's government implemented reforms to the country's mandatory individual account pension program that include increasing employer contributions, adjusting government contributions, reducing the minimum contributions required for an old-…

Old age Pensions, Pensions adequacy, managing reforms Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2021-02/index.html mmarquez