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Social protection and informality in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 11/12/2021 - 16:30

plos.org (04.11.2021) Latin American governments swiftly implemented income assistance programs to sustain families’ livelihoods during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This paper analyzes the potential coverage and generosity of these measures and assesses the suitability of current safety nets to deal with unexpected negative income shocks in 10 Latin American countries.

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latin america
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Extension of coverage

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COVID-19 pandemic underlines need to strengthen resilience of health systems, says OECD

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 11/09/2021 - 16:59

oecd.org (09.11.2021) OECD Health at a Glance 2021 says that the mental health impact of the pandemic has been huge, with prevalence of anxiety and depression more than double levels observed pre-crisis in most countries with available data, most notably in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Employment in Crisis : The Path to Better Jobs in a Post-COVID-19 Latin America

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 10/29/2021 - 16:32

worldbank.org (17.06.2021) A region known for its volatility, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has suffered severe economic and social setbacks from crises—including the COVID-19 pandemic. These crises have taken their toll on careers, wage growth, and productivity. Employment in Crisis: The Path to Better Jobs in a Post-COVID-19 Latin America provides new evidence on the effects of crises on the region’s workers and firms and suggests several policy responses that can bolster long-term and inclusive economic growth. This report has three key findings.

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latin america
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Employment policies

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COVID-19 benefits set to expire this week in Canada

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 10/28/2021 - 16:13

CTV News (17.10.2021)On Oct. 23 – the last day of Small Business Week – the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) are set to expire. Both programs have been extended several times since being implemented in 2020.

As for individual benefits, the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB) are also set to terminate on Saturday. These programs, too, can be extended into November by the government.

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canada
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Employment
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Philippines: World Bank exec praises PhilSys role in PH digital transformation

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/26/2021 - 17:32

Philippine News Agency (17.10.2021) The implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) has resulted in milestones for the country's social protection and digital transformation, according to a World Bank official. 

He said success in utilizing PhilSys for social protection has a "significant demonstration effect" in accelerating digital transformation among government agencies and even the private sector.

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philippines, the
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ICT

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COVID-19 in long-term care: Impact, policy responses and challenges

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 10/22/2021 - 16:11

OECD (21.10.2021) The COVID-19 crisis has hit the long-term care (LTC) sector particularly hard, with large numbers of people dependent on care and particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 have fallen ill, and a disproportionate rate of LTC workers both exposed to, and infected by, COVID-19. The analysis presented in this report describes the effects of COVID-19 on LTC in OECD countries, mainly showing infection rates and mortality of LTC recipients.

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Health

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Employment policy: ILO launches new online database on employment policies and strategies to promote an inclusive job-rich recovery

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/19/2021 - 15:53

ilo.org (19.10.2021) The online platform will serve as a unique worldwide reference and source of information on national employment policies, and strategies to promote youth employment.

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Employment of young workers
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South Africa: A New Social Assistance Assessment Aims to Help Strengthen Policies and Programs for the Poor

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/19/2021 - 15:41

worldbank.org (07.10.2021) The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of South Africa, released a new report assessing the country’s social assistance programs and systems. In an environment of high unemployment, persistent poverty, weak economic growth and shrinking fiscal resources that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Social Assistance Programs and Systems Review: South Africa report underscores the critical role of the grant and social assistance system in mitigating poverty.

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south africa
Global challenges
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Social assistance
Cash transfers

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Thailand approves $2.8bln more economic support measures

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 10/19/2021 - 15:23

ZAWYA  (18.10.2021) Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved a further 92 billion baht ($2.76 billion) of relief measures to help boost its flagging economy as the Southeast Asian country deals with its biggest and most prolonged coronavirus outbreak.  Thailand earlier this year approved a further 500 billion baht borrowing plan to mitigate the impact of the epidemic. Of the approved support, the government will offer 42 billion baht of cash transfers under an existing co-payment scheme between November and December, spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana told a news conference.

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thailand
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Employment
Cash transfers

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