Asia

Extending social health protection: Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 12/14/2021 - 17:26

ilo.org (07.12.2021) This regional report documents and analyses country experiences and lessons on the extension of social health protection coverage in the Asia and the Pacific region. It provides a detailed account of progress made, challenges encountered and remaining coverage gaps, and explores their root causes.

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Asia
Global challenges
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Health
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To tackle COVID-19 outbreaks, ASEAN MPs call for more inclusive policies for migrant workers

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 07/19/2021 - 16:37

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights - JAKARTA – As COVID-19 cases surge in Thailand and Malaysia, as well as elsewhere in the region, Southeast Asian lawmakers urge these governments to take more inclusive measures to protect everyone without discrimination, regardless of their migration status, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today. “While we are all affected by the pandemic, governments are excluding migrant workers from their social and public health policies in their response, leaving them behind and struggling to survive.

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Asia
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Migration

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Using Technology to Improve Civil Service Talent

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 03/25/2021 - 15:30

Asian Development Bank (March 2021) This brief presents digital and online platforms for civil services in Asia and the Pacific, along with recommendations for holistic government interventions and reforms in policies, business processes, and management systems.

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Asia
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Innovation capacity

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Harnessing the Potential of Big Data in Post-Pandemic Southeast Asia

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 03/18/2021 - 16:27

 Asian Development Bank  (March 2021) Digitalization has gained more prominence amid COVID-19 and has highlighted the value of big data for public sector management. The brief explains the potential benefits of big data for public services such as health, social protection, and education and how this can contribute to the post-pandemic recovery. It also assesses the key enablers and policy actions needed to realize big data benefits in the region. 

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Asia
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Information and communication technology
Data analytics
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Big Data
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Oxfam: The inequality virus report

Submitted by delziniy on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 10:30

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 in poverty to return to pre-pandemic levels than it took for the fortunes of the top 1,000, mostly White male, billionaires to bounce back.

 

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Africa
Asia
Americas
Europe
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Health
COVID-19
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Lebanon: US$246 Million to Support Poor and Vulnerable Lebanese Households and Build-Up the Social Safety Net Delivery System

Submitted by cambrosio on Fri, 01/22/2021 - 12:01

worldbank.org (12/01/2021)

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$246 million new project to provide emergency cash transfers and access to social services to approximately 786,000 poor and vulnerable Lebanese reeling under the pressure of Lebanon’s economic and COVID-19 crises. The Emergency Crisis and COVID-19 Response Social Safety Net Project (ESSN) will also support the development of a comprehensive national social safety nets system to allow a better response to ongoing and future shocks. 

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Asia
lebanon
Global challenges
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Financing
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COVID-19
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Japan: Exceptional treatment of Employment Adjustment Subsidy extended to February 2021

Submitted by siha on Fri, 11/27/2020 - 16:17

NHK (27.11.2020) The Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that the exceptional treatment of Employment Adjustment Subsidy is extended to February 2021. The exceptional treatments include the increase of maximum amount of daily allowance to 15,000 yen per an employee. The Minister also implied that the treatment would be gradually reduced after March 2021. 

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Asia
japan
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Unemployment
Extension of coverage
Cash transfers
COVID-19
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Monitoring COVID-19 impact on older persons

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 16:15

Help Age Asia (2020) As part of an Asia-Pacific regional initiative, HelpAge International and partner organisations are producing bimonthly briefs to summarise trends in the situation of older people and responses to their situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Asia
Global challenges
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Old-age pensions

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Addressing the Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis in South Asia through Universal Lifecycle Transfers

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 08/21/2020 - 16:31

Development Pathways (2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a truly global shock: the necessary measures taken to control the spread of the virus have resulted in a major economic and human crisis. The crisis is unprecedented and requires unprecedented measures. By providing families with cash so that national consumption is increased, a fiscal stimulus should enable countries to lower the depth of any recession and, importantly, strengthen the speed of their economic recovery with the potential for higher economic growth.

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Asia
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Family benefits
Cash transfers

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Temporary Basic Income (TBI)

Submitted by mmarquez on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:03

UNDP (23.07.2020) This paper provides estimates for a Temporary Basic Income (TBI), a minimum guaranteed income above the poverty line, for vulnerable people in 132 developing countries. A TBI amounts to between 0.27 and 0.63 per cent of their combined GDPs, depending on the policy choice: i. top-ups on existing average incomes in each country up to a vulnerability threshold; ii. lump-sum transfers that are sensitive to cross-country differences in the median standard of living; or, iii. lump-sum transfers that are uniform regardless of the country where people live.

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Africa
Asia
Americas
Europe
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Social assistance
Social policies & programmes
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