Africa

Social assistance spending in Africa before, during and post COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 09/02/2022 - 16:16

saspen.org (2022)  This Brief examines social assistance spending in Africa before, during and post-COVID-19 and uses the same to demonstrate how social protection experts in Africa can build on this spending momentum to improve the adequacy and reach of social assistance.

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Africa
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Cash transfers
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G2P digital payments and financial inclusion for social resilience

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/16/2022 - 16:39

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (01.08.2022) There is a global trend to automate and digitalise the cash payments of social protection programmes, and there has been a shift towards diversifying payment means in some African countries such as Zambia, Namibia, Togo, Tanzania, Malawi, Comoros and Mozambique. In Mozambique, the COVID-19 pandemic response has tripled the social protection system’s coverage, from 520,000 to approximately 1.6 million households. In the past few years, the country’s emergency response has driven improvements in digital payments.

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Africa
Global challenges
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ICT

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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World Social Protection Report 2020-22. Regional companion report for Africa

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 17:05

ilo.org (June 2022) This regional companion report is intended to complement the ILO’s World Social Protection Report 2020–22. It includes a section summarizing the status of social protection worldwide, followed by a section highlighting key social protection developments, challenges and priorities for this region from a life-cycle perspective.

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Africa
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Labor Markets: Employment Recovering, but Income Losses Persisting

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 05/16/2022 - 11:24

Economic Research Forum (ERF) (February 2022) This policy brief assesses the impact of COVID-19 on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) labor markets through June 2021. We use data from the four waves of the ERF COVID-19 MENA monitor household surveys, spanning November 2020, February 2021, April 2021, and June 2021. We focus on Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia and developments between February 2021 and June 2021.

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Africa
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Employment

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Social Protection for the Informal Economy: Operational Lessons for Developing Countries in Africa and Beyond

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 04/07/2022 - 17:41

worldbank.org  (17.11.2021) The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities of the vast and diverse informal economy as well as the lack of social protection schemes to provide timely support, especially to those in urban areas. To protect vulnerable individuals from shocks and build their resilience, governments in Africa need to expand social registries and develop and implement policies to cover the informal economy by innovative social protection programs.

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Africa
Global challenges
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Difficult to cover group

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COVID-19's four lessons for improving Africa's social protection systems

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 09/07/2021 - 17:14

Africa at LSE (01.09.2021) Across Africa, states have adapted or expanded social protection measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These interventions provide valuable policy lessons and political opportunities to reimagine the social contract on the continent.

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Africa
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Extension of coverage

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[Report] WHO compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings 2021. COVID-19 and other health priorities

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 09/03/2021 - 10:27

who.int (31.08.20121) Health technologies are essential for a functioning health system. The  response  to  the  global  COVID-19  pandemic  crisis  has  exacerbated  the  need  for  rapid  evidence based  assessments  of  innovative  health  technologies  to  ensure  safe  and  appropriate  use.  Thus,  the objectives of the 2021 compendium are to: 1.Select  innovative  technologies  that  can  have  an  immediate  or  future  impact  on  the  COVID-19 preparedness  and  response,  have  the  potential  to  improve  health  outcomes  and  quality  of life,  and/or  offer  a  solution  to 

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Africa
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Social protection for all in need: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in MENA

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:46

blogs.worldbank.org (26.04.2021) In the months after the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), countries across the region acted quickly to limit the spread of the virus. Lockdowns, curfews, and social distancing undoubtedly saved lives, but these necessary actions also constrained businesses and economies. Communities suffered from the loss of jobs and livelihoods, the closure of schools and markets, and the damage to businesses, many of which may never recover.

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Africa

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How technology can be deployed to scale-up Social Protection during COVID-19: The Case of South Africa, Nigeria and Africa

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 14:50

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 vital lifelines for the most vulnerable.

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Africa
nigeria
south africa
Global challenges
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ICT
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Business processes
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DRC: The Covid-19 Fund benefits from a donation of USD 100,000 in protective equipment from TDB

Submitted by cambrosio on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 11:35

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.

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Africa
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Global challenges
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Safety and health at work
Covid-19

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