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Social services in Europe: Adapting to a new reality

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 08/28/2023 - 15:55

Eurofound (16.08.2023) This report addresses the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on social services in the EU. While the pandemic negatively affected social services, it nevertheless provided lessons on how to adapt them in response to new challenges and social risks. One lesson, for instance, is that policies should be developed to make better use of digitalisation in the sector, to improve access to new technologies and training for both workers and services’ target groups.

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Europe
Global challenges
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Digital inclusion
Social assistance
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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Towards a Robust Social Protection System in the Post-Pandemic Era

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 08/04/2023 - 18:15

orfonline.org (15.07.2023) The increasing need for an extensive social safety net has prompted most countries to launch new social protection measures or reframe existing ones. The G20’s Development Working Group emphasises the importance of effective social protection systems in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to enable the poor to contribute to mainstream economic activity.

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The Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Social Welfare Policies of Norway and Japan: A Comparative Study

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/01/2023 - 16:42

Journal of Social Policy, Social Change and Development (2023) The result of the study implies that both countries have made significant efforts to support individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic. Their policy responses differ in terms of scope, implementation, and outcome. Norway's policy response has been characterized by a significant expansion of its welfare state, including the provision of financial assistance to individuals, businesses, and local governments.

Global challenges
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COVID-19

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Shock-responsive social protection and climate shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean: Lessons from COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 03/10/2023 - 16:59

iadb.org (Feb 2023) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is one of the regions most exposed and vulnerable to climate-related risks, with large shocks occurring regularly. Climate change is exacerbating the frequency and variability of climate related extremes and increasing slow onset events, threatening social and economic outcomes in the region. Responding to climate change will require stronger risk management systems that include social protection. Social protection systems in LAC are relatively advanced, but they do not yet consider climate shocks.

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latin america
Global challenges
Topics
Environment and climate change
COVID-19

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Ready for the Next Crisis? Investing in Health System Resilience

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 02/23/2023 - 16:26

oecd.org (23.02.2023) The COVID-19 pandemic had massive consequences for societies and health systems across the OECD and beyond. Health systems were not resilient enough. Resilient health systems plan and are ready for shocks, such as pandemics, economic crises or the effects of climate change. They are able to minimise the negative consequences of crises, recover as quickly as possible, and adapt to become better performing and more prepared. Smart, targeted investments in health system resilience are needed to improve health and ensure the next shock is less disruptive and costly.

Global challenges
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Health
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The future of telemedicine after COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 01/27/2023 - 14:52

The use of telemedicine, or remote clinical consultations, was limited in most OECD countries before the COVID‑19 pandemic, held back by regulatory barriers and hesitancy from patients and providers. In early 2020, as COVID‑19 massively disrupted in-person care, governments moved quickly to promote the use of telemedicine. The number of teleconsultations skyrocketed, playing a vital role in maintaining access to care, but only partly offsetting reductions in in-person care.

Global challenges
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Medical care

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The Role of Digital in the COVID-19 Social Assistance Response

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/18/2022 - 16:51

worldbank.org (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 low- and middle income countries.

Global challenges
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Information and communication technology

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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The COVID-19 crisis showed the future of G2P payments should be digital. Here's why

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 10/17/2022 - 16:11

worldbank.org (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 them to make payments to them remotely. This brought millions of people into the social protection and financial system for the first time.

Global challenges
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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German Financial State Aid during COVID-19 Pandemic: Higher Impact among Digitalized Self-Employed

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 10/07/2022 - 16:01

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 analyze the impact of this program on the subjective survival probability. In particular, we investigate how the digitalization level of the self-employed influences the program’s effectiveness.

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germany
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Social protection responses to COVID-19 in MENA: Design, implementation and child-sensitivity

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 17:13

ipcig.org (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 crises on them, especially if their needs and vulnerabilities are taken into account. Against this background, the IPC-IG and UNICEF MENARO partnered to analyse the social protection responses to COVID-19 in MENA and assess the extent to which they took children’s needs into account.

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Africa
Topics
Family benefits
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