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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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First collective agreement for platform workers in Spain

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:19

socialeurope.eu (13.01.2022) After several reports by the labour inspectorate and contradictory judgments by the courts, in September 2020 the Supreme Court finally ruled that platform workers were employees and not self-employed workers—and that, therefore, the labour and social-security rights applying to all other workers had to apply to them as well.

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spain
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Digital Platforms
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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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Cash transfers
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California could become first US state to offer universal healthcare to residents

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:46

theguardian.com (11.01.2022) California is considering creating the first government-funded, universal healthcare system in the US for state residents. The proposal, which lawmakers will begin debating on Tuesday, would adopt a single-payer healthcare system that would replace the need for private insurance plans.

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United States
Global challenges
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Health
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Understanding the Emerging Micropensions Market in India

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:39

Innovations for Poverty Action (2022) Millions of informal sector workers in low- and middle-income countries are excluded from formal pension and social security systems, posing potential economic challenges for old age populations. Micropensions may help to address these challenges—but more information is needed about the demand for these products. In India, researchers conducted a survey examining the emerging micropensions market to better understand the behavioral, economic, and institutional factors that influence participation.

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india
Global challenges
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Pensions
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World Employment Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 01/11/2022 - 14:43

ilo.org (05.01.2022) Digital labour platforms are now a vital part of contemporary life—they allow us to arrange a ride, order food and access a host of other services online. They accomplish this by connecting clients or customers with workers who undertake these tasks or “gigs”. The past decade has seen the global rise of “gig workers” or “platform workers”, with platforms like Uber, Gojek, Deliveroo, Rappi, Upwork and Topcoder. Digital labour platforms have created unprecedented opportunities for workers, businesses and society by unleashing innovation on a massive global scale.

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ICT
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Digital Platforms
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Technology and Universal Health Coverage: Examining the role of digital health

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 01/11/2022 - 11:21

 JOGH (20.11.2021) While there is tremendous promise to leverage technology for UHC, it will require smart, context-specific policies and programming with ample flexibility to adapt as needs and opportunities change – and with robust safeguards to protect privacy, data security, and equity. The health sector, by its very nature of being data intensive, lends itself to the use of technology for analytics to improve health outcomes, respond to public health crises, and efficiently and equitably allocate resources.

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Health
ICT
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
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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
Extension of coverage

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Moroccan government plans to expand its social protection programme

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 16:29

atalayar.com (03.01.2022) This new plan will strengthen and develop several programmes in the areas of social assistance, improving governance, as well as launching new carve-outs that signify a reform of the targeting system. Also, this project aims to diversify and expand the support mechanisms for the most vulnerable groups of society, which in the case of retirees for example, will extend their health and retirement coverage. The government also plans to develop a system of compensation for those who have lost their jobs.  

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morocco
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Health
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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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Extension of coverage

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