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Social protection systems and the response to COVID-19 in the Arab region

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 01/17/2022 - 16:34

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 Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) even more urgent. Governments in the region are facing two challenges: to effectively address the health crisis and to respond to the economic and social fallout from the crisis.

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South Africa is taking steps to a new universal income grant in 2022 – what to expect

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 01/14/2022 - 11:53

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 baseline.

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south africa
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India: e-Shram registration is a stepping stone towards protection of informal workers

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 16:13

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 fulfil this mandatory requirement.

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india
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ICT
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Expanding Social Protection to Informal Women Workers for Better COVID-19 Recovery in Uganda

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 01/04/2022 - 16:39

icrw.org (2021) Uganda has a female labor force participation of 67 percent. While some efforts to advance social protection are being made, Uganda currently spends only about 3.5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) towards that end. Meanwhile, the National Employment Policy (2010) covers social security only for workers in the formal sector, leaving informal workers unsupported.

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uganda
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EPIC publishes annual thematic report exploring how EU Member States supported working families during COVID-19 in 2020

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 01/04/2022 - 16:31

 European Commission (22.12.2021) The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) has published a new report exploring how EU Member States supported working families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Europe
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Social policy advice to countries from the International Monetary Fund during the COVID-19 crisis: Continuity and change

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 12/21/2021 - 16:15

ILO Working paper 42 (10.12.2021) This paper explores whether there has been a change in International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy advice and conditions in its loan programmes and Article IV surveillance by examining the 148 country reports for IMF programmes in 2020, in the context of significant shifts in its global macroeconomic policy framework during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Social Policies & Programmes

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Reforms of the employment insurance system of the Republic of Korea to cope with the COVID-19 crisis

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 16:03

ilo.org (29.11.2021) COVID-19 pandemic that caused massive unemployment has forced countries to review their employment policy and protection system. This paper summarized efforts taken by Republic of Korea in reforming their employment protection system during the pandemic.

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korea, Republic of
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Proposed reforms of the social protection systems of Morocco and Tunisia in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 12/06/2021 - 15:31

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 address coverage gaps, they still need to develop a proper legal framework and fiscal space to implement social protection floors in the coming years.

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morocco
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Financing social protection through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 10:37

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 all income levels in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Europe: Job retention schemes are keeping millions in work, what happens once they end?

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:54

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 ensure there are enough jobs and that people have the right skills for the jobs of the future?

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european union
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Covid-19

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