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Healthcare financing and social protection policies for migrant workers in Malaysia | PLOS ONE malaysia

For Malaysia, a nation highly dependent on migrant labour, the large non-citizen workforce presents a unique health system challenge. Although documented migrant workers are covered by mandatory healthcare insurance (SPIKPA), financial constraints remain a major barrier for non-citizen…

Health Insurance, Migration rruggia
Reducing vulnerability to weather shocks through social protection – Evidence from the implementation of Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) in Ethiopia ethiopia (2022) This paper uncovers the mechanisms shaping the impact of the public work component of the Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on beneficiaries and communities’ food security and vulnerability to various shocks. From a policy perspective, the empirical findings…

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Germany prepares to reform all three pension system pillars germany (15.11.2022) The German government is targeting a comprehensive reform of all the three pension system pillars during what it considers a turning point in history – Zeitwende – with high inflation, possible recession, changes in economic policies and demographic pressures.

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Social grants offer cash, but they aren't a magic bullet response to inequality in the Global South (16.10.2022) Over the last three decades, there has been a proliferation of social protection programs across the Global South in what some have dubbed a development revolution. International development agencies across the ideological spectrum have embraced social protection…

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India: From digitisation to platformisation — how social protection schemes can be made more accessible india (31.11.2022) Social Protection Open Digital Ecosystems (SP-ODEs) can provide beneficiaries, government and service providers a unified, digital platform to better access welfare schemes.

Information and communication technology Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR… pmassetti
Nordic pension funds want to increase climate investments in emerging markets and developing economies

At COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Climate Investment Coalition (CIC), in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, presented key investor recommendations to bridge the climate finance and investment gap by 2030 towards emerging markets and developing economies. This was made…

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Over 84,000 Nigerians enrolled in micro pension plan –PENCOM nigeria

The National Pension Commission (PenCom), yesterday revealed that over 84,000 Nigerians have enrolled in the ongoing Micro Pension plan. This was even as the Commission reiterated that it will continue to embark on massive awareness to ensure more Nigerians key into the initiative.… pmassetti
Wideangle: How much does Europe spend on pensions? european union

 The New European (10.11.2022) A guide to how pensions are funded across the continent

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor pmassetti
Digitizing cash transfers to remote rural populations: challenges and solutions from the experience of Zambia zambia (30.09.2022) There is currently a major focus on digitization within African countries, with the interest of, on the one hand, increasing efficiency and lowering the cost-of-service delivery, and on the other hand, increasing financial inclusion for excluded parts of the…

Information and communication technology, Cash transfers Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR… pmassetti
Chile's Boric announces plan to end private pension system chile

Windsor Star (02.11.2022) Chile’s President Gabriel Boric on Wednesday announced his long-awaited plan to reform the country’s controversial private pension system.  In a televised address, Boric said he was planning to end Chile’s Pension Fund Administrators (AFP) system in lieu of a new…

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Long-term care in the context of population ageing: a rights-based approach to universal coverage

ILO Working paper 82. (Nov 2022)   With the acceleration of population ageing, the achieving of healthy ageing is becoming a global imperative and social protection policies and social security systems have an important role to play in this endeavour.

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US: Using artificial intelligence to identify administrative errors in unemployment insurance United States

Government Information Quarterly  (October 2022) Administrative errors in unemployment insurance (UI) decisions give rise to a public values conflict between efficiency and efficacy. We analyze whether artificial intelligence (AI) – in particular, methods in machine learning (ML) – can be used…

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Singapore Introduces New Healthcare Reform Plan singapore (21.10.2022) Singapore has recently announced a new healthcare reform plan that will shift the country’s healthcare strategy towards preventive care. The program is called Healthier SG and aims to provide a family physician and one health plan for every resident. The hope is…

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The Role of Digital in the COVID-19 Social Assistance Response (2022) The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in vast numbers of people in need of social assistance, many of whom were not previously covered by social safety nets. To meet this unprecedented level of need, governments quickly scaled social assistance reaching over 1.7 billion people in…

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The COVID-19 crisis showed the future of G2P payments should be digital. Here's why (03.10.2022) The COVID-19 crisis highlighted how digital public infrastructure (DPI) can play a critical role for governments to deliver social assistance quickly and safely.  DPI not only allowed governments to reach an unprecedented number of new beneficiaries, it also allowed…

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US: Social Security COLA will be 8.7% in 2023, highest increase in 40 years

Social Security beneficiaries can expect an 8.7% boost to benefits in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced. The increase tops the 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment for 2022, which at the time was the highest in four decades.… pmassetti
Ireland. Government Pushes Ahead With Pension Auto Enrolment

The government has approved the details of its new pension auto-enrolment scheme in what Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described as a “generational reform” of the Irish pensions system. The General Scheme of the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System has now been…… pmassetti
Access to Welfare in the Digital Economy in BRICS Countries china, india, brazil, Russian Federation (22.09.2022) Many governments now use digital technology for means testing. For instance, the US uses an Income Eligibility Verification System that links several databases to verify beneficiary income. It also uses a Prisoner Verification System linked to prisoners’…

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German Financial State Aid during COVID-19 Pandemic: Higher Impact among Digitalized Self-Employed germany

IZA (Oct 2022) In response to strong revenue and income losses that a large share of the self-employed faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the German federal government introduced a €50bn emergency aid program. Based on real-time online-survey data comprising more than 20,000 observations, we…

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Social protection responses to COVID-19 in MENA: Design, implementation and child-sensitivity Africa (03.10.2022) COVID-19 has affected all countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and groups already vulnerable before the crisis, such as children, have been particularly affected. Social protection can promote children’s well-being and reduce the negative impacts of…

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor pmassetti
Sustainable finance policy a ‘blind spot’ for European pension funds european union

Pension Policy International (30.09.2022) Some of Europe’s biggest pension funds are not actively engaged in emerging EU-level sustainable finance policy, according to climate think tank InfluenceMap. As reported by European Pensions, the research, which covered 25 of Europe’s largest pension…

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Income Support for Non-covered Workers during COVID-19: A Review of Policy Responses (Sept 2022) This paper provides an overview on the income support measures for non-covered workers implemented in response to the COVID-19 crisis, describing the collection of measures and policies in place in each selected country. This document provides a comparative overview of the…

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Ireland to increase state pension for those who work beyond 66 ireland

SaltWire (20.09.2022) Ireland will offer anyone over 66 a higher state pension the longer they stay in work, sidestepping a recommendation by a government-appointed commission to gradually increase the retirement age to 68 to help fund the ageing population. Under the proposed flexible model…

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Over 75s make up over 15% of Japan's population for first time japan (19.09.2022) The share of Japan’s older adult population, those over age 65, has been increasing every year since 1950 and is expected to reach 35.3% of the total population in 2040. For the first time, Japan’s over 75s account for over 15% of the population, after…

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Transparency, exclusion and mediation: how digital and biometric technologies are transforming social protection in Tamil Nadu, India india (31.03.2021) What are the effects of biometric and digital technologies on social protection for the poor in India? Drawing on ethnographic research from rural Tamil Nadu, this paper presents evidence of how new technologies are experienced by beneficiaries of the Public…

Information and communication technology biometric Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR pmassetti