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Extending social health protection: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific Asia

ilo.org (07.12.2021) This regional report documents and analyses country experiences and lessons on the extension of social health protection coverage in the Asia and the Pacific region. It provides a detailed account of progress made, challenges encountered and remaining coverage gaps, and…

Health universal health coverage Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ilo.org/asia/publications/WCMS_831137/lang--en/index.htm pmassetti
EU seeks to clarify status of delivery app workers Europe

EURACTIV.com (09.12.2021) The EU will propose a set of criteria on Thursday (9 December) to determine whether a gig worker in Europe using platforms like Uber, Bolt or Deliveroo should be considered an employee. The proposal by the EU executive is an effort to sort out once and for all the…

Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/eu-seeks-to-clarify-status-of-del… pmassetti
Jamaica: Informal Sector Workers to Get NIS Benefits jamaica

Jamaica Information Service (06.12.2021) For the first time, Jamaica’s household helpers and fisherfolk will be able to secure pension benefits under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) as the Government moves to formalise these sectors. This will be facilitated under the Transition to Formality…

Pensions, Extension of coverage managing reforms, ssptw Published_SS_Monitor https://jis.gov.jm/fw-informal-sector-workers-to-get-nis-benefits-jis/ pmassetti
Proposed reforms of the social protection systems of Morocco and Tunisia in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis morocco, tunisia

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)  -  (08.12.2021) This Policy Research Brief presents the reforms under way in the social protection systems of Tunisia and Morocco in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Although both countries have demonstrated political will and commitment to…

Social policies & programmes covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://ipcig.org/publication/30903?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
Togo: Creation of a universal health insurance system approved togo

Willis Towers Watson (30.12.2021) Legislation establishing the creation of a universal health system (l'assurance maladie universelle – AMU) has been approved by the national assembly. This follows the approval of a new Labor Code in June 2021 (to be effective 12 months after being signed into…

Health universal health coverage Published_SS_Monitor https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-TH/Insights/2021/11/togo-creation-of-a-un… pmassetti
Financing social protection through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

ilo.org (25.11.2021) This report is produced for the G20 Development Working Group by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank. It demonstrates the key role that social protection has played in countries at…

Financing covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/how-the-ilo-works/multilateral-system/… pmassetti
Kenya: New maternity scheme for women in informal sector kenya

pd.co.ke (24.11.2021) It will be a major score for expectant and lactating mothers working in the informal sector if the government adopts a newlyproposed maternity scheme. The Maternal Income Protection Benefits (MIPB) joins Linda Mama that was initiated by the National Hospital Insurance Fund…

Maternity Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pd.co.ke/news/new-maternity-scheme-for-women-in-informal-sector-104… pmassetti
Europe: Job retention schemes are keeping millions in work, what happens once they end? european union

euronews.com  (05.05.2021) In this episode of Real Economy we ask what happens when job retention schemes come to an end in Europe? Job retention schemes have kept millions of people in work during the pandemic and lockdowns. As these emergency measures are gradually phased out, how does Europe…

COVID-19 covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.euronews.com/next/2021/05/05/job-retention-schemes-are-keeping-mill… pmassetti
The COVID-19 crisis in Nigeria: What’s happening to welfare? New data call for expanded social protection in Africa’s most populous country nigeria

worldbank.org (16.11.2021) While health indicators and macroeconomic data are essential for addressing the fundamentals of the COVID-19 crisis, countervailing policies need detailed information on the mechanisms through which the pandemic affects human capital, livelihoods, and welfare. This is…

Extension of coverage covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/covid-19-crisis-nigeria-whats-happening-w… pmassetti
Atlas of eHealth country profiles: the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage

The third global survey on eHealth conducted by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) has a special focus – the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage. eHealth plays a vital role in promoting universal health coverage in a variety of ways. For instance, it helps provide…

Health, Information and communication technology https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241565219 rruggia
Global diffusion of eHealth: making universal health coverage achievable: report of the third global survey on eHealth

The aim of the third global survey on eHealth was to explore developments in eHealth since the last survey in 2010 and the role it plays in achieving universal health coverage (UHC). It has become increasingly clear that UHC cannot be achieved without the support of eHealth. The impetus for the…

Health, Information and communication technology https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789241511780 rruggia
Country Diagnostic Study on Long-Term Care in Indonesia | Asian Development Bank indonesia

This publication presents a study on the availability and provision of long-term care (LTC) in Indonesia. It discusses findings from the analysis and offers recommendations for the development of LTC systems in the country.

https://www.adb.org/publications/indonesia-country-diagnostic-study-long-term-c… pmassetti
Social protection of non-standard workers and the self-employed during the pandemic Europe

etui (2021) The Covid‑19 pandemic severely affected some categories of non-standard workers, and particularly the self‑employed. The emergency measures cushioned the potentially disastrous effect on their social circumstances, but undeniably highlighted even more the gaps in their access and…

Extension of coverage covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.etui.org/publications/social-protection-non-standard-workers pmassetti
Between flexibility and precariousness, all eyes are on Brussels’ move on platform workers Europe

euractiv (19.11.2021) The European Commission, which is due to present its proposal on platform workers on 8 December, faces a tricky balancing act: ensuring decent working conditions while maintaining the flexibility of a booming sector.

Digital economy digital platforms Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/between-flexibility-and-prec… pmassetti
How to Design Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Systems

unescap.org (07.10.2021) This is the sixth in a series of policy primers developed to support policymakers and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to strengthen social protection. This policy primer explains how social protection systems can be designed to recognize and…

Gender Inequalities Published_SS_Monitor https://www.unescap.org/kp/2021/how-design-gender-sensitive-social-protection-s… pmassetti
Social protection and informality in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic latin america

plos.org (04.11.2021) Latin American governments swiftly implemented income assistance programs to sustain families’ livelihoods during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This paper analyzes the potential coverage and generosity of these measures and assesses the suitability of current safety nets to…

Extension of coverage covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0259050 pmassetti
COVID-19 pandemic underlines need to strengthen resilience of health systems, says OECD

oecd.org (09.11.2021) OECD Health at a Glance 2021 says that the mental health impact of the pandemic has been huge, with prevalence of anxiety and depression more than double levels observed pre-crisis in most countries with available data, most notably in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the…

Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.oecd.org/health/covid-19-pandemic-underlines-need-to-strengthen-res… pmassetti
Netherlands: Bill for partially paid parental leave approved netherlands

Willis Towers Watson (05.11.2021)  A Senate-approved bill in the Netherlands provides both maternal and paternal paid leave for up to nine weeks after a child is born.

Family benefits, Parental leave Published_SS_Monitor https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-TH/Insights/2021/11/netherlands-bill-for-… pmassetti
Ukrainian Pension System at the Crossroads ukraine

pravda.com.ua (01.11.2021) Ukraine is in the top 15 countries globally for the fastest ageing population and the State Budget has allocated about UAH 170 billion to cover pensions in the security and defence sectors, fund social contributions for some categories of people, allowances, increases…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/columns/2021/11/1/7312325/ pmassetti
Employment in Crisis : The Path to Better Jobs in a Post-COVID-19 Latin America latin america

worldbank.org (17.06.2021) A region known for its volatility, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has suffered severe economic and social setbacks from crises—including the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises have taken their toll on careers, wage growth, and productivity. Employment in Crisis:…

Employment policies covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35549 pmassetti
Mainstreaming gender into social protection strategies and programmes: Evidence from 74 low- and middle-income countries

unicef (june 2021) The importance of mainstreaming gender into social protection policies and programmes is increasingly recognized. However, evidence on the extent to which this is actually happening remains limited. This report contributes to filling this evidence gap by drawing on the…

Gender Inequalities Published_SS_Monitor https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/1208-mainstreaming-gender-into-social-p… pmassetti
COVID-19 benefits set to expire this week in Canada canada

CTV News (17.10.2021)On Oct. 23 – the last day of Small Business Week – the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) are set to expire. Both programs have been extended several times since being implemented in 2020.

As for individual benefits, the…

Employment, Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-pandemic-benefits-set-to-exp… pmassetti
Philippines: World Bank exec praises PhilSys role in PH digital transformation philippines, the

Philippine News Agency (17.10.2021) The implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) has resulted in milestones for the country's social protection and digital transformation, according to a World Bank official. 

He said success in utilizing PhilSys for social…

Information and communication technology covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1156928 pmassetti
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