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2021-03-04 Leveraging digital technologies for social inclusion UN/DESA Policy Brief #92: (Feb 2021) COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of digital transformation: implications for social inclusion 2021-03-04 ICT Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR covid19, digital inclusion pmassetti https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/un-desa-policy-brief-92-le…
2021-03-03 Kenya: Parliament halts COVID-19 related tax relief kenya Reuters.com (22.12.2020) Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were introduced… Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were introduced weeks after Kenya reported its first case of the coronavirus and aimed to shield East Africa’s richest economy. 2020-12-22 NAIROBI, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were… Contribution Collection and Compliance,Covid-19 Published Measures summary contribution collection, covid19 cambrosio https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-kenya-economy/kenyan-parliam…
2021-03-01 US: Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs United States apnews.com (01.03.2021) With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs. 2021-03-01 Error evasion and fraud Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19 pmassetti https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-health-coronavirus-pandemic-asia-pacific-o…
2021-02-26 The Philippines to Suspend Social Security and Healthcare Premium Hikes for 2021 philippines, the aseanbriefing.com (18.02.2021) The House of Representatives in the Philippines have passed House Bill No. 8461 (HB 8461) which seeks to authorize the President to suspend the premium contribution hike to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), in addition to House Bill No. 8512 (… The House of Representatives in the Philippines have passed House Bill No. 8461 (HB 8461) which seeks to authorize the President to suspend the premium contribution hike to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), in addition to House Bill No. 8512 (HB 8512), which provides the President the power to defer the scheduled hike in contributions to the Social Security System (SSS). Both PhilHealth and the SSS were mandated by existing laws to increase their premium rates in 2021.… 2021-02-26 Health,Contribution Collection and Compliance Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 pmassetti https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/the-philippines-to-suspend-social-security-a…
2021-02-25 Laos: Income support to help 17,000 garment workers hit by COVID-19 laos ilo.org (23.02.2021) Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100). Eligible beneficiaries, of whom 85 per cent are women, will receive the cash transfers by the end of… Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100). Eligible beneficiaries, of whom 85 per cent are women, will receive the cash transfers by the end of March. 2021-02-23 VIENTIANE, Lao PDR (ILO News) – Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are to each receive two months’ emergency income support worth 900,000 LAK (approximately US$100). The Lao Social Security Organization (LSSO) today announced that one-time cash transfers… Unemployment,Cash transfers,Shocks & extreme events,Covid-19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 covid19, Emergency grants cambrosio https://www.ilo.org/asia/media-centre/news/WCMS_773038/lang--en/index.htm
2021-02-25 Bolivia: One-time "Bond against Hunger" bolivia Minesterioa de Economía y Finanzas (03.02.2021) As of February 1, 2021, the payment of the Bond Against Hunger reached more than 3.8 million Bolivians, covering 93% of the total universe of beneficiaries, with an outlay of Bs3,877 million, reported the Vice Minister of Pensions and Financial… Introduction of the one-time payment "Bond Against Hunger" (Bono Contra el Hambre) in December 2020. The payment has reached more than 3.8 million Bolivians, as is expected to cover a total of 4.1 million persons. Legal basis: Supreme Decree No. 4345 of September 16th, 2020. 2020-09-20 Cash transfers,Food and nutrition Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.economiayfinanzas.gob.bo/el-bono-contra-el-hambre-ya-llego-a-mas-de…
2021-02-23 Austria: Labor ministers and tourism ministers give employees in tourism the prospect of returning to work austria With the renewal of the commitment to re-employment, we are giving employees and companies more planning security and prospects for returning to work as soon as tourism can take off again, ”emphasize Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Labor Minister Martin Kocher. Numerous employers -… With the renewal of the commitment to re-employment, we are giving employees and companies more planning security and prospects for returning to work as soon as tourism can take off again, ”emphasize Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Labor Minister Martin Kocher. Numerous employers - especially in the tourism industry - have given their employees a "re-employment commitment" - that is, the assurance that the job will be available as soon as it can be reopened. If there is a confirmation… 2021-02-13 Employment Published Measures summary covid19 pmassetti https://www.bmafj.gv.at/Services/Presse/Presseaussendungen/PA_13_Februar_2021.h…
2021-02-22 Argentina: Expansion of virtual offer by the social security institution ANSES argentina ANSES (03.02.2021) Through Resolution 37/2021 published today in the Official Gazette, ANSES expanded its virtual procedures. Now you can manage online the request for the payment of fees, a one-time payment, the accrual of a pension benefit due to death and assistance for the start of the Honorary… Through Resolution 37/2021 published today in the Official Gazette, Argentina's social security insitution - ANSES - expanded its virtual procedures. Now you can manage online the request for the payment of fees, a one-time payment, the accrual of a pension benefit due to death and assistance for the start of the Honorary Pension of Veterans of War. 2021-02-03 Through Resolution 37/2021 published today in the Official Gazette, ANSES expanded its virtual procedures. Now you can manage at www.anses.gob.ar/informacion/atencion-virtual the request for the payment of fees, a one-time payment, the accrual of a pension benefit due to death and assistance for… Innovation capacity,ICT,E-services Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez http://noticias.anses.gob.ar/noticia/la-anses-suma-tramites-a-la-atencion-virtu…
2021-02-22 Barbados: Change of Payment Deadline for Contributions from February 15, 2021 barbados National Insurance Service (15.02.2021) The National Insurance Office wishes to advise the public that the February 15, 2021 payment deadline for January 2021 contributions, has been extended until March 2, 2021. Payments made after this date will attract interest. The public is reminded that… Extension in deadline for the payment of social security contributions for January 2021. They are payable now until March 2nd, instead of until February 15th. 2021-02-22 Contribution Collection and Compliance Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary contribution collection, covid19 mmarquez https://www.nis.gov.bb/notice-change-of-payment-deadline-for-contributions-from…
2021-02-18 Colombia: Financial assistance to the unemployed for three months colombia SuperSubsidio Colombia (25.11.2020) The family compensation funds offered a financial compensation of 160,000 Colombian pesos to unemployed persons approved by decree 801 of 2020. This is a different benefit from the one the Unemployment Protection Mechanism due to Covid-19 (Decree 488 of 2020).… The family compensation funds offered a financial compensation of 160,000 Colombian pesos to unemployed persons approved by decree 801 of 2020. This is a different benefit from the one the Unemployment Protection Mechanism due to Covid-19 (Decree 488 of 2020). The benefit was awarded until November 30th and was payable for three months. 2020-11-25 Bogotá, noviembre 25 de 2020. AUXILIO ECONÓMICO A CESANTE DE $160.000 DEL FONDO DE MITIGACIÓN ECONÓMICA – FOME Decreto 801 de 2020. Se informa a la ciudadanía que el Gobierno Nacional a través de las Cajas de Compensación Familiar adjudicarán, hasta el 30 de noviembre, el auxilio económico del… Unemployment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.ssf.gov.co/noticias/-/asset_publisher/OtnANBInIEgH/content/auxilio-…
2021-02-15 Uruguay: Cash benefit for companies in the tourism sector that reincorporate workers on furlough uruguay Banco de Previsión Social (08.01.2021) In order to promote the conservation and creation of employment in the tourism sector, the Social Security Bank (BPS) is implementing the granting of a contribution determined by the Executive Power for companies in the sector that, between December 1, 2020… In order to promote the conservation and creation of employment in the tourism sector, the Social Security Bank (BPS) is implementing the granting of a contribution for companies in the tourism sector that, between December 1, 2020 and on March 31, 2021, reinstate those workers covered by unemployment benefits for the cause of total suspension or incorporate new workers. The contribution consists of a non-refundable monthly amount of 8,000 pesos, paid for a maximum of four months for each… 2021-01-08 Incentivos económicos para empresas del sector turístico El beneficio alcanza a las empresas con actividad hotelera y restaurantes que reincorporen trabajadores amparados al subsidio por desempleo o que contraten nuevos empleados.   Con el objetivo de fomentar la conservación y creación de… Employment,Unemployment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.bps.gub.uy/17777/incentivos-economicos-para-empresas-del-sector-tur…
2021-02-15 Uruguay: Second installment of the extraordinary payment for vulnerable families and continuation of school meal plan uruguay Banco de Previsión Social (12.02.2021) As of Friday, February 12, the payment of the second extraordinary installment will be available for beneficiaries of family allowances for the Equity Plan and the special item for the boys and girls included in the CEIP School Meal Plan. This is an item whose… Payment of second installment of the extraordinary cash benefit for vulnerable families covered under the Equity Plan. As of February, and as part of the CEIP School Food Plan, a cash benefit will be paid to recipients of family allowances whose children eat lunch in public schools in the country. 2021-02-12 10/2/2021 Partidas extraordinarias de Asignaciones Familiares y del Plan de Alimentación Escolar A partir del viernes 12 de febrero, estará disponible el pago de la segunda cuota extraordinaria para beneficiarios de asignaciones familiares por el Plan de Equidad y la partida especial para los… Cash transfers,Food and nutrition Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.bps.gub.uy/17831/partidas-extraordinarias-de-asignaciones-familiare…
2021-02-15 Aide exceptionnelle au titre des congés payés france Une aide exceptionnelle est accordée aux entreprises accueillant du public au titre des congés payés pris par leurs salariés entre le 1er janvier et le 7 mars 2021. Cette aide est limitée à 10 jours de congés payés. Exceptional aid is granted to companies welcoming the public for paid leave taken by their employees between January 1 and March 7, 2021. This aid is limited to 10 days of paid leave. 2021-02-15 Employment Published Measures summary covid19 pmassetti https://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/le-ministere-en-action/coronavirus-covid-19/pour…
2021-02-15 Covid-19 :l'aide de 900 euros pour 400 000 travailleurs précaires prolongée de trois mois, annonce Elisabeth Borne france La ministre du Travail Elisabeth Borne a annoncé lundi 15 février que l'aide exceptionnelle de 900 euros mise en place en novembre, pour lutter contre la crise liée au Covid-19, serait prolongée de trois mois, jusque fin mai, comme l'a révélé RTL. Cette aide, qui a déjà bénéficié à 400 000… Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne announced Monday February 15 that the exceptional aid of 900 euros set up in November, to fight the crisis linked to Covid-19, would be extended by three months, until the end of May, as revealed RTL. This aid, which has already benefited 400,000 people, allows all those who worked at least 138 days on fixed-term or temporary contracts (i.e. more than 60% of annual working time) in 2019, but who were unable to work enough in 2020 to recharge their rights to… 2021-02-15 Employment,Covid-19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 pmassetti https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/covid-19-l-aide-de-900-eu…
2021-02-15 Barbados: Employability project launched is also a timely response to COVID-19 barbados Ministry of Labour Barbados (16.07.2020) Government’s Employability Project fits well within the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) policy framework, says ILO Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Claudia Coenjaerts. Addressing the launch of the Employability Project… Launch of the employability proyect which seeks to facilitate the insertion and re-insertion of the labour force in the labour markets. This is a free program provided by the Ministry of Labour through the National Training Initiative, and in partnership with the ILO. 2020-07-16 Employability Project Fits ILO Policy Framework July 16, 2020 Government’s Employability Project fits well within the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) policy framework, says ILO Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Claudia Coenjaerts. Addressing the launch of… Unemployment,Employment policies Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://labour.gov.bb/employability-project-fits-ilo-policy-framework/
2021-02-15 Mexico: Unemployment insurance, a necessary response in Mexico mexico El Economista México (08.12.2020). Granting unemployment insurance to the Mexican population, given the conditions that are experienced by the health and economic crisis of Covid-19, is one of the necessary responses for an economy such as that of our country, said Gerardo Esquivel, deputy governor… 2021-02-15 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 covid19 mmarquez https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/sectorfinanciero/Seguro-de-desempleo-respuesta-…
2021-02-15 Bahamas: Extension of government-funded unemployment program bahamas National Insurance Board Bahamas (02.11.2020) The National Insurance Board has extended the Unemployment Programme effective October 1, 2020. This second extension impacts those individuals who remain unemployed after the completion of the first 13 weeks extension and runs until 31st December, 2020… The National Insurance Board has extended the Unemployment Programme effective October 1, 2020. This second extension impacts those individuals who remain unemployed after the completion of the first 13 weeks extension and runs until 31st December, 2020. This second extension programme pays at $100 per week, every 2 weeks. Unlike the previous NIB unemployment programme, you will still be eligible for partial assistance even if you work for part of the week. This approach ensures that employees… 2020-11-02 OVERNMENT-FUNDED SECOND EXTENSION UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME ADMINISTERED BY THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD FACT SHEET The National Insurance Board is pleased to advise that the second extension to the Unemployment Programme is being rolled out effective October 1, 2020. This second extension impacts… Unemployment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.nib-bahamas.com/UserFiles/HTMLEditor/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20GovExt%202%…
2021-02-11 Social Protection in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico During the Pandemic latin america Center For Global Development (04.02.2020) In a new CGD Note, we look at these social protection policy responses to COVID in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. What programs did governments launch? How effective have they been in reaching the beneficiaries of social security systems and… 2021-02-11 Covid-19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 covid19 pmassetti https://www.cgdev.org/blog/social-protection-argentina-brazil-colombia-and-mexi…
2021-02-11 UK: A Family Stimulus – Supporting Children, Families and the Economy through the Pandemic  united kingdom Development Pathways (08.02.2021) The paper makes the case for a “family stimulus” in the UK, advising the government to urgently boost the income of families hard-hit by the pandemic through the social security system, as well as targeting investment in childcare to ensure this sector keeps… 2021-02-11 Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19 pmassetti https://www.developmentpathways.co.uk/news/a-family-stimulus-supporting-childre…
2021-02-09 Slovakia: Deferral of payment of Social Insurance Premiums for January 2021 Europe , eastern europe, slovakia socpoist.sk (29.01.2021) The Government of the Slovak Republic allows employers and self-employed persons (SZČO) to defer the payment of social insurance premiums for January 2021 . The deferral of premiums applies to employers and SZČO, whose net turnover or income from business and other self-… The Government of the Slovak Republic allows employers and self-employed persons (SZČO) to defer the payment of social insurance premiums for January 2021 . The deferral of premiums applies to employers and SZČO, whose net turnover or income from business and other self-employed activities decreased by 40% or more as a result of an extraordinary situation . The possibility of deferral of contributions does not apply to the part of the premium paid by the employer on behalf of the employee,… 2021-01-29 Who and how can defer the payment of levies for January 2021 On January 29, 2021, the Regulation of the Government of the Slovak Republic no. 31/2021 Coll., Supplementing the Regulation of the Government of the Slovak Republic no. 131/2020 Coll. on the maturity of social insurance premiums in… Contribution Collection and Compliance,Covid-19 Published Measures summary contribution collection, Contributory, covid19 cambrosio https://www.socpoist.sk/kto-a-ako-si-moze-odlozit-splatnost-odvodov-za-januar-2…
2021-02-05 India´s COVID-19 social assistance package and its impact on the agriculture sector india sciencedirect.com (2021) COVID-19 induced significant economic and social disruptions in India. Rural households, including smallholders, were affected by loss in migrant income, livelihood and farm and non-farm incomes. During this lockdown, the Indian government enacted several emergency… 2021-02-05 Cash transfers Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19, rural world pmassetti https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X21000020#f0010
2021-02-05 How technology can be deployed to scale-up Social Protection during COVID-19: The Case of South Africa, Nigeria and Africa Africa, nigeria, south africa Research ICT Africa (January 2021) This RIA policy brief examines how technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can be deployed to scale social protection programmes as well as reduce corruption in the disbursement of social protection grants, which the COVID-19 lockdowns, have revealed are… 2021-02-05 ICT Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR artificial intelligence , covid19 pmassetti https://researchictafrica.net/publication/how-technology-can-be-deployed-to-sca…
2021-02-04 COVID-19 and food security in Ethiopia: Do social protection programs protect? ethiopia worldbank.org (01.02.2021) The COVID-19 pandemic is testing global food and social protection systems at an unprecedented scale. The spread of the pandemic is disrupting food systems and undermining the food and nutrition security of households. 2021-02-04 Covid-19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19 pmassetti https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/covid-19-and-food-security-ethiopia…
2021-02-03 DRC: The Covid-19 Fund benefits from a donation of USD 100,000 in protective equipment from TDB Africa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the zoom-eco.net (28.12.2020) The Trade Development Bank (TDB) has donated Covid-19 protection materials to the National Coronavirus Solidarity Fund (NCSF). The donation, valued at US$100,000, was handed over by Finance Minister Sele Yalaghuli, who is the Congolese government's focal point to TDB. The Trade Development Bank (TDB) has donated Covid-19 protection materials to the National Coronavirus Solidarity Fund (NCSF). The donation, valued at US$100,000, was handed over by Finance Minister Sele Yalaghuli, who is the Congolese government's focal point to TDB. 2020-12-25 Safety and health at work,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19 cambrosio https://zoom-eco.net/a-la-une/rdc-le-fonds-covid-19-beneficie-dun-don-de-tdb-en…
2021-02-03 DRC: UNDP donates US$700,000 in equipment to the Ministry of Health to support anti-covid response-19 Africa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the zoom-eco.net (20.01.2021) The Minister of Health, Dr. Eteni Longondo and the Coordinator of the United Nations System, David Mclachlan-Karr proceeded, on Wednesday 20 January 2021, to the signing of the transfer deed and the symbolic handover of the donation of materials and equipment offered by… The Minister of Health, Dr. Eteni Longondo and the Coordinator of the United Nations System, David Mclachlan-Karr proceeded, on Wednesday 20 January 2021, to the signing of the transfer deed and the symbolic handover of the donation of materials and equipment offered by UNDP to the Congolese government in the fight against covid-19. Valued at more than US$700,000, this donation consists of medical materials and equipment including 3 ambulances, 80 oxygen concentrators, 40 pulse oximeters and 80… 2021-01-20 Safety and health at work,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19 cambrosio https://zoom-eco.net/a-la-une/rdc-le-pnud-offre-au-ministere-de-la-sante-700-00…
2021-02-03 DRC: payment due date for property and rental income tax deferred to 31 March 2021 Africa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the zoom-eco.net (02.02.2021) Prévue pour le premier février 2021, l’échéance de paiement de l’impôt foncier et de l’impôt sur les revenus locatifs a été reporté par le Gouverneur de la ville de Kinshasa, Gentiny Ngobila, au 31 mars 2021. Scheduled for 1 February 2021, the due date for payment of property tax and tax on rental income has been postponed by the Governor of the city of Kinshasa, Gentiny Ngobila, to 31 March 2021. 2021-02-02 Contribution Collection and Compliance,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, housing cambrosio https://zoom-eco.net/a-la-une/rdc-kinshasa-lecheance-de-paiement-de-limpot-fonc…
2021-02-03 Ghana: GH¢11 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund Launched Africa, ghana m.peacefmonline.com (10.10.2020) The government, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), is to disburse funds to vulnerable persons and households in the Greater Accra, Western and Ashanti regions. Under the cash transfer to COVID-19 affected daily wage earners, an amount of GH¢11… The government, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), is to disburse funds to vulnerable persons and households in the Greater Accra, Western and Ashanti regions. Under the cash transfer to COVID-19 affected daily wage earners, an amount of GH¢11 million will be disbursed to beneficiaries (75,000 people)to cushion them against the devastating effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Households would receive different amounts of money depending on the number of eligible members… 2020-10-10 The government, with support from the World Food Programme (WFP), is to disburse funds to vulnerable persons and households in the Greater Accra, Western and Ashanti regions. Under the cash transfer to COVID-19 affected daily wage earners, an amount of GH¢11 million will be disbursed to… Social assistance,Financing,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, mobile technologies, poverty cambrosio https://m.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/news/202010/429481.php
2021-02-03 Kenya: National Hygiene Program Creates Jobs for Kenyans in Informal Settlements Africa, kenya businessghana.com (12.10.2020) Through the National Hygiene Program, the government offered a lifeline to more than 250,000 youth hurt by COVID-19 response measures; the social protection program has transformed to provide sustainable work activities expected to last beyond life of the program;… Through the National Hygiene Program, the government offered a lifeline to more than 250,000 youth hurt by COVID-19 response measures; the social protection program has transformed to provide sustainable work activities expected to last beyond life of the program; more than $92 million (Ksh10 billion) has been invested in the game-changer program. The program, commonly known as Kazi Mtaani  includes labor-intensive works such as street and drainage cleaning, garbage collection, bush clearance,… 2020-10-12 National Hygiene Program Creates Jobs for Kenyans in Informal Settlements  12th Oct 2020    |    Source: APO The government offered a lifeline to more than 250,000 youth hurt by COVID-19 response measures Through the National Hygiene Program, the government offered a lifeline to more than 250,… Employment,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19 cambrosio https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/politics/224004/National-Hygiene-Progra…
2021-02-03 Kenya: Covid19 Cash-Transfer Giving Life-Line to Needy SGBV Survivors Africa, kenya allafrica.com (07.10.2020) Kenya introduced, with the help of international partners, the Mobile cash transfers targeting 120,000 of Kenya's most vulnerable people living in Nairobi and Mombasa's expansive informal settlements. . Due to the reduction or loss of their livelihood sources, the… Kenya introduced, with the help of international partners, the Mobile cash transfers targeting 120,000 of Kenya's most vulnerable people living in Nairobi and Mombasa's expansive informal settlements. . Due to the reduction or loss of their livelihood sources, the beneficiaries consist of households unable to meet their basic needs during Covid-19. It includes  survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and those at risk together with other vulnerable groups specifically targeted for… 2020-10-07 Social assistance,Cash transfers,Gender Inequalities,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, Emergency grants cambrosio https://allafrica.com/stories/202010080104.html
2021-02-02 COVID’s led to ‘massive’ income and productivity losses, UN labour estimates show UN News (25.02.2021) Job losses or reduced working hours due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic cost the world the equivalent of 255 million jobs in 2020, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday, noting that the “massive impact” was nearly four times the number lost during… 2021-02-02 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19 pmassetti https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1082852
2021-02-02 Oxfam: The inequality virus report Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe Oxfam (Feb 2021)  The report shows that COVID-19 has the potential to increase economic inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began over a century ago. Rising inequality means it could take at least 14 times longer for the number of people living… Mega-rich recoup COVID-losses in record-time yet billions will live in poverty for at least a decade, new report by Oxfam reveals The report called 'Inequality Virus’ is being published on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Davos Agenda’ The report shows that COVID-19 has the potential to increase economic inequality in almost every country at once   The report shows that COVID-19 has the potential to increase economic inequality in almost every country at once, the first… 2021-02-02 Health,Covid-19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor covid19, gender_and_inequality, policy reponse, poverty delziniy https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10546/621149/bp-the-i…
2021-02-01 Kosovo: Cash benefit for unemployed workers due to COVID-19 kosovo Prishtina Insight (27.12.2020) A 30 million euro fund was launched to provide financial support for workers finding themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. Three monthly payments of up to 300 euros were made available for workers who can document that they lost their jobs between February 29 and… A 30 million euro fund was launched to provide financial support for workers finding themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. Three monthly payments of up to 300 euros were made available for workers who can document that they lost their jobs between February 29 and December 30.  2020-12-05 Unemployment,Covid-19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://prishtinainsight.com/2020-showed-that-kosovos-social-contract-needs-ret…
2021-02-01 Kosovo: Access to up to 10% of the mandatory individual account to weather COVID-19 kosovo Social Security Admninistation (31.01.2021) As part of its efforts to provide relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kosovo enacted a law on December 7 that allows participants of the country's mandatory individual account pension program to withdraw up to 10 … As part of its efforts to provide relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kosovo enacted a law on December 7 that allows participants of the country's mandatory individual account pension program to withdraw up to 10 percent of their account balances. According to the law outlining the package, withdrawals from all individuals with savings under 9,999 euros will be reimbursed by the Government from 2023 onwards. Based on KPST data, this means 91 percent of all… 2020-12-07 Kosovo Allows Special Withdrawals from Mandatory Individual Accounts As part of its efforts to provide relief to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kosovo enacted a law on December 7 that allows participants of the country's mandatory individual account pension program… Old age Pensions Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2021-01/index.html
2021-02-01 Nigeria: Lagos kick-starts cash for work programme for vulnerable people Africa, nigeria nairametrics.com (28.01.2021) The Lagos State Government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had initiated some intervention programmes to help cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable individuals and businesses. This emergency cash transfer… The Lagos State Government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had initiated some intervention programmes to help cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable individuals and businesses. This emergency cash transfer programme is designed to help families during this period and to ensure that household poverty does not translate to deprivations for children. the project is simultaneously ongoing across the Five Divisions of the State to complement… 2021-01-28 Cash transfers,Financing,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, Emergency grants, labour markets, poverty cambrosio https://nairametrics.com/2021/01/28/lagos-kick-starts-cash-for-work-programme-f…
2021-01-29 Lithuania: Continuation of Payment of Cash Social Assistance Benefits in 2021 Europe , lithuania socmin.lrv.lt (05.01.2021) A person or family facing financial difficulties may apply to their municipality for cash social assistance: social benefits, compensation for dwelling heating and water costs. In 2021, persons, whose average monthly income per person will not exceed EUR 140.8, will be… A person or family facing financial difficulties may apply to their municipality for cash social assistance: social benefits, compensation for dwelling heating and water costs. In 2021, persons, whose average monthly income per person will not exceed EUR 140.8, will be entitled to social benefit. When calculating the average monthly income, the child benefit (child money), part of the work income and unemployment social insurance benefit (depending on family composition and number of children… 2021-01-05 Housing,Social assistance,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, family cambrosio https://socmin.lrv.lt/en/news/relevant-for-residents-affected-by-the-pandemic-w…
2021-01-29 Lithuania: Support for loss of job: The job search allowance Europe , lithuania socmin.lrv.lt (05.01.2021) The job search allowance is paid to persons registered with the Employment Services and having the status of the unemployed, who are not participating in active labour market policy measures and who have lost their job at least 3 months prior to the declaration of the… The job search allowance is paid to persons registered with the Employment Services and having the status of the unemployed, who are not participating in active labour market policy measures and who have lost their job at least 3 months prior to the declaration of the emergency or quarantine. The job search allowance will not be paid to persons who are entitled to the unemployment social insurance benefit or when its payment has expired at the time of the person’s application to the Employment… 2021-01-05 Employment,Social assistance,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, Emergency grants cambrosio https://socmin.lrv.lt/en/news/relevant-for-residents-affected-by-the-pandemic-w…
2021-01-29 Lithuania: Wage subsidies for hiring the supported unemployed Europe , lithuania socmin.lrv.lt (05.01.2021) Employers will be able to benefit from the supported employment measures and receive wage subsidies if they employ the most vulnerable residents and help them return to the labour market. Subsidies may be paid to employers who employ additional jobseekers referred by the… Employers will be able to benefit from the supported employment measures and receive wage subsidies if they employ the most vulnerable residents and help them return to the labour market. Subsidies may be paid to employers who employ additional jobseekers referred by the Employment Authority, such as the persons with disabilities, elderly or young people, long-term or unskilled unemployed, etc. 2021-01-05 Employment,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19 cambrosio https://socmin.lrv.lt/en/news/relevant-for-residents-affected-by-the-pandemic-w…
2021-01-29 Lithuania: Downtime subsidies during the emergency or quarantine from the beginning of 2021 Europe , lithuania socmin.lrv.lt (05.01.2021) As quarantine continues, those employers, who are unable to provide their employees with work, can announce downtime for the employees. From 2021, in respect of the downtime employees the employers will receive the full compensation (100%) for the gross and net wage to… As quarantine continues, those employers, who are unable to provide their employees with work, can announce downtime for the employees. From 2021, in respect of the downtime employees the employers will receive the full compensation (100%) for the gross and net wage to the employee during downtime. The maximum compensation will amount to 1.5 minimum monthly wages, i.e. EUR 963. However, the compensated amount may not exceed the wage fixed in the employment contract before the date of… 2021-01-29 Employment,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19 cambrosio https://socmin.lrv.lt/en/news/relevant-for-residents-affected-by-the-pandemic-w…
2021-01-29 Czech Republic: One-off pension supplement in relation to COVID-19 Europe , czech republic cssz.cz (november 2020) A new one-off supplement of CZK 5000,- to the beneficiaries of the Czech statutory pension was provided via CSSA. The aim of this benefit is to quickly help these vulnerable groups, especially the elderly, who are very negatively affected by the consequences of the COVID-19… A new one-off supplement of CZK 5000,- to the beneficiaries of the Czech statutory pension was provided via CSSA.  This extra supplement is provided only once by the CSSA without any client´s request. It will be paid to all type of pensions - old-age, disabled, widow's and widower's and Orphan. 2020-11-01 One-off pension supplement in relation to COVID-19: NEW A new one-off supplement of CZK 5000,- to the beneficiaries of the Czech statutory pension will be provided via CSSA. The aim of this benefit is to quickly help these vulnerable groups, especially the elderly, who are very negatively… Disability,Old age Pensions,Survivor,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, Emergency grants, poverty cambrosio https://www.cssz.cz/web/en/one-off-pension-supplement-in-relation-to-covid-19-n…
2021-01-28 Andorra: Free antigen self-test for the Christmas holidays and regulation of prices Andorra Government of Andorra (23.12.2020) The Minister of Health, Joan Martínez Benazet, announced on Wednesday that the Government will offer a second free antigen self-test to all residents of the country over the age of 6: “it was a measure we had already planned but we needed more stock to be able to… The Minister of Health, Joan Martínez Benazet, announced on Wednesday that the Government will offer a second free antigen self-test to all residents of the country over the age of 6: “it was a measure we had already planned but we needed more stock to be able to carry it out ”.  In addition, Martínez Benazet reported that the Council of Ministers has approved an amendment to the Regulation establishing the conditions for the sale of rapid antigen tests in pharmacies in order to regulate their… 2020-01-23 The government will provide a second free antigen self-test to all residents over the age of 6 for the Christmas holidays Wednesday, December 23, 2020 The Minister of Health, Joan Martínez Benazet, announced on Wednesday that the Government will offer a second free antigen self-test to all… Health,Health Insurance,Financing Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.govern.ad/comunicats/item/12286-el-govern-facilitara-un-segon-autot…
2021-01-28 Andorra: Reduction of social security contributions in May 2020 Andorra Advantia (06.05.2020) In the case of the contributions of salaried persons, the government and the company proportionally assume the employer's part of the contribution of the general branch. Discharges due to isolation or diagnosis due to COVID-19 are covered with 100% of salary from the first day… In the case of the contributions of salaried persons, the government and the company proportionally assume the employer's part of the contribution of the general branch. Discharges due to isolation or diagnosis due to COVID-19 are covered with 100% of salary from the first day in the case of health personnel, and 66% from the first day in the case of other professionals. In the case of the self-employed, they can benefit from a 50% reduction in the contribution to social security or even its… 2020-05-06 Complementary economic measures to face the effects of COVID  May 6, 2020 After the first economic measures approved on 23 March, Andorra has just approved a second package of aid and benefits to complement and reinforce the initial measures. These modifications are intended to protect jobs as… Contribution Collection and Compliance Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary contribution collection, covid19 mmarquez https://www.advantia.ad/blog/economia/medidas-economicas-andorra/
2021-01-28 Australia: Travel agents COVID-19 payment australia Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment (01.12.2020) The Morrison Government will provide a one-off payment to assist travel agents in recognition that many continue "to work hard processing consumer refunds, whilst unable to trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic".  Under the $128 million scheme,… The Morrison Government will provide a one-off payment to assist travel agents in recognition that many continue "to work hard processing consumer refunds, whilst unable to trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic".  Under the $128 million scheme, eligible travel agents with a turnover of between $50,000 and $20 million a year will be able to apply for the one off payment. Payments will be scaled, with a minimum payment of $1500 for a business with a turnover of $50 000 up to a maximum payment of $… 2020-12-01 Travel agents COVID-19 payment Media release 01 December 2020 The Morrison Government will provide a one-off payment to assist travel agents in recognition that many continue to work hard processing consumer refunds, whilst unable to trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Tourism… Cash transfers Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.trademinister.gov.au/minister/simon-birmingham/media-release/travel…
2021-01-27 United States: Emergency Rental Assistance Program United States  U.S. Department of the Treasury (January 2021) The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and… The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes.  Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the grantee… 2021-01-01 Emergency Rental Assistance Program KEEPING FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are provided directly to States, U.S. Territories, local… Housing Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19, housing mmarquez https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/emergency-rental-assistance-progr…
2021-01-27 Maldives: World Bank Extends Support to Maldives’ Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Asia, maldives worldbank.org (25.01.2021) The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved additional financing of $21.6 million to further help Maldives mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on poor and vulnerable workers and their families. The additional financing will be utilized to… The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved additional financing of $21.6 million to further help Maldives mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It will help finance the extended duration of the Government’s COVID-19 Income Support Allowance scheme by continuing to provide temporary support of up to MVR 5,000 (approximately $322) per month to workers who have lost their jobs or income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic 2021-01-25 WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2021—The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved additional financing of $21.6 million to further help Maldives mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on poor and vulnerable workers and their families. The additional financing will be… Employment,Cash transfers,Financing,Covid-19 Published Measures summary covid19, Emergency grants, poverty cambrosio https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2021/01/25/world-bank-extends-s…
2021-01-27 United States: The CARES Act Provides Assistance to Small Businesses United States U.S. Department of the Treasury (January 2021) The Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act, is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury.  This program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs… The Paycheck Protection Program, established by the CARES act, provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $659 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. 2021-01-25 The CARES Act Provides Assistance to Small Businesses The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead. SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM… Employment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses
2021-01-27 United States: Additional payment from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 United States U.S. Department of the Treasury (January 2021) The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 authorized additional payments of up to $600 per adult and up to $600 for each qualifying child. In general, individuals with adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 (or $150,… The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 authorized additional payments of up to $600 per adult and up to $600 for each qualifying child. In general, individuals with adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 (or $150,000 for joint filers or surviving spouses) will receive the full amount of the second payment.  For filers whose adjusted gross income exceeds these amounts, the payment is reduced. This second round of payments will be distributed automatically,… 2021-01-25 The CARES Act Provides Assistance to Workers and their Families Through Economic Impact Payments and other means, the Treasury Department is ensuring that Americans receive fast and direct relief in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act initially provided Economic Impact Payments to… Children,Social assistance Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-american-workers-a…
2021-01-27 Spain: Extended exemption of social securituy contributions for companies until May 31st spain El Diario (26.01.2021) With the extension of the ERTEs until May 31st, companies will maintain high exemptions in the different ERTE modalities, which even reach 100% in some cases. For the 'ultra-protected' sectors and their dependent companies and their value chain, the savings in the Social… With the extension of the ERTEs until May 31st, companies will maintain high exemptions in the different ERTE modalities, which even reach 100% in some cases. For the 'ultra-protected' sectors and their dependent companies and their value chain, the savings in the Social Security contribution is 85% for companies with less than 50 workers and 75% for those with more than that level of staff, both for reinstated and suspended employees. In the case of ERTEs due to disability, which companies in… 2021-01-26 Contribution Collection and Compliance Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary contribution collection, covid19 mmarquez https://www.eldiario.es/economia/prorroga-erte-ayudas-autonomos-alquileres-apro…
2021-01-27 Spain: Layoffs due to COVID-19 still prohibited spain El Diario (26.01.2021) The so-called "forbidden firing" also extends until May 31, which in reality supposes a government veto of objective dismissals motivated by the pandemic. The measure is extended, which has generated two interpretations in the Social Courts: both sentences that declare these… The so-called "forbidden firing" also extends until May 31, which in reality supposes a government veto of objective dismissals motivated by the pandemic. The measure is extended, which has generated two interpretations in the Social Courts: both sentences that declare these dismissals as inadmissible (the majority) , and some that consider them invalid. A Barcelona court has declared a dismissal appropriate in this context . 2021-01-26 This is the extension of the ERTE, the aid for the self-employed and the rents approved by the Government The Executive extends the current ERTE model with little change until May 31, improves the 'unemployment' aid for the self-employed until this date and extends the possibility of requesting… Unemployment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.eldiario.es/economia/prorroga-erte-ayudas-autonomos-alquileres-apro…
2021-01-27 Spain: Furhter novelties on the extension of the ERTE spain El Diario (26.01.2021) The most outstanding novelties of this extension of the ERTE until May 31st, are based on facilitating administrative procedures, such as to go from an ERTE of limitation to one of impediment and vice versa, as well as that it is not necessary to re-process the unemployment… The most outstanding novelties of this extension of the ERTE until May 31st, are based on facilitating administrative procedures, such as to go from an ERTE of limitation to one of impediment and vice versa, as well as that it is not necessary to re-process the unemployment benefits of workers affected by the extension. In addition, the group of sectors we consider to be most affected by the pandemic changes slightly, wider after the decree to support the hospitality industry : three activities… 2021-01-26 This is the extension of the ERTE, the aid for the self-employed and the rents approved by the Government The Executive extends the current ERTE model with little change until May 31, improves the 'unemployment' aid for the self-employed until this date and extends the possibility of requesting… Unemployment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19 mmarquez https://www.eldiario.es/economia/prorroga-erte-ayudas-autonomos-alquileres-apro…
2021-01-27 Spain: Postponement of rent until May 9 for vulnerable persons spain El Diario (26.01.2021) If you are in a vulnerable situation and your landlord is a "large landlord", you can request a postponement of the payment of the rent until May 9. This new decree extends the possibility of requesting a "temporary and extraordinary" postponement if the following conditions… If you are in a vulnerable situation and your landlord is a "large landlord", you can request a postponement of the payment of the rent until May 9. This new decree extends the possibility of requesting a "temporary and extraordinary" postponement if the following conditions: that the tenant is in a situation of vulnerability caused by the coronavirus crisis and that the owner has more than ten properties. The assumptions of economic vulnerability are the following: being unemployed or ERTE,… 2021-01-26 This is the extension of the ERTE, the aid for the self-employed and the rents approved by the Government The Executive extends the current ERTE model with little change until May 31, improves the 'unemployment' aid for the self-employed until this date and extends the possibility of requesting… Housing Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary covid19, housing mmarquez https://www.eldiario.es/economia/prorroga-erte-ayudas-autonomos-alquileres-apro…