UN/DESA Policy Brief #92: (Feb 2021) COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of digital transformation: implications for social inclusion
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.
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 (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.
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.
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 Pension of Veterans of War.
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 personnes, permet à toutes celles qui ont travaillé au moins 138 jours en CDD ou en intérim (soit plus de 60% du temps de travail annuel) en 2019, mais qui n'ont pas pu travailler suffisamment en 2020 pour recharger leurs droits à l'assurance-chômage du fait de la crise sanitaire, de bénéficier d'une gara
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 of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico). As of now, there is no federal unemployment social insurance. Only Mexico City counts with a tax-funded unemployment benefit granted for up to two months.
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 existing cash transfer programs, and in providing safety nets for households outside of these existing systems? What is the potential effect of safety net policies on inequality and poverty? The short answer, as we explain below, is that the response has been very heterogeneous
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 operating.
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 legislations to provide direct and indirect relief to workers and households. India’s COVID-19 social assistance package, namely, PM-GKY, announced in March 2020, was designed to provide immediate relief to the vulnerable population.