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Bangladesh government launches first employment injury scheme pilot in the garment sector

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 06/24/2022 - 15:00

ILO news (21.06.2022) The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is celebrating the establishment of the country’s first ever pilot of a social security scheme working on income protection and medical care for work-related injuries. The EIS covers all ready-made garment (RMG) workers. It will compensate injured workers and dependants in case of accidents which lead to permanent disability or death.

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bangladesh
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Occupational accidents and diseases
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Can Digital G2P Transfers Drive Financial Inclusion and Digital Payments? Evidence from India

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 06/23/2022 - 16:16

Center for Global Development (09.06.2022) Does channeling government-to-person (G2P) payments through bank accounts encourage financial inclusion and use? This paper explores the factors that have driven the adoption of digital payments in India by beneficiaries of PMGKY, the large-scale COVID-19 relief program launched in May 2020. India’s 2013 move to pay social benefits through direct transfers into bank accounts significantly increased account ownership, but uptake of digital payments has been slower, although it has accelerated more recently through smartphone-based apps.

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india
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Digital inclusion
Mobile technologies

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Service delivery
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India. Government to launch AI-driven portal for distributing pension payments

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 17:18

Pension Policy International  (16.06.2022) In order to seamlessly process, track and disburse pensions, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare will soon launch an Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled the common portal for the benefit of pensioners and elderly citizens. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the AI-supported portal, ‘Bhavishya’, will send automatic alerts to pensioners and superannuated senior citizens, including retired paramilitary personnel.

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india
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ICT
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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Four revealing graphs on paid family leave

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 16:03

worldbank.org (16.05.2022) Having celebrated International Day of Families on May 15, it is now a great opportunity to reflect on the existing frameworks that support working parents at home and at work. Paid family leave has been a main area of reform in the past few years, as a significant number of countries have passed laws providing parents with the right to paid leave to care for their children . For example, Armenia became one of the 114 countries (out of the 190 measured) that introduced paid leave for fathers after its amended Labor Code came into effect in 2021.

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Responding to COVID-19 by Advancing Social Safety Nets in Liberia

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 05/23/2022 - 16:30

worldbank.org (10.02.2022)  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated poverty and threatened livelihoods in Liberia. The need to respond to this challenge spurred the expansion and digitization of the government’s ongoing cash transfer program. The Liberia Social Safety Nets Project launched the government’s first-ever urban cash transfer program. It provided emergency cash transfers for close to 15,000 households living in vulnerable communities in the Greater Monrovia area, which had recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Liberia.

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liberia
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Cash transfers

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China to implement private pension system with a contribution cap of about $1,800 a year: report

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 05/20/2022 - 11:44

Global Times (21.04.2022) China will soon start a new era of "private pensions" with the imminent implementation of a relevant mechanism, according to a report by the Shanghai Securities News published on Wednesday. The new mechanism, which is characterized by policy support from the government, voluntary participation and market-oriented operations, will be an important transformation of the current pension system that has a basic pension insurance and a corporate pension.

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china
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Pensions
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How to make active aging an integral part of economic growth in China

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 05/19/2022 - 15:56

World Economic Forum  (17.05.2022) China is a rapidly graying country with those aged 60 or above reaching 267 million or 18.9% of the total population, and this may rise to one-third of the population before 2050. Welfare reform must work in tandem with social policy so as to make active aging an integral part of economic growth, linking health to wealth and common prosperity. Healthcare, labour reskilling and gender parity are three areas of focus for domestic policy to solve the challenges of China’s aging population.

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china
Global challenges
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[Opinion] This is why we’ll probably have to work longer than our parents did

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:48

europeansting.com (06.05.2022) China’s plan to “gradually delay” the country’s legal retirement age has managed to unify a wide variety of people around a single sentiment: they don’t like it. As a country looking for ways to address the fact that it may not have enough workers paying into its pension system to support an ageing population, however, China is far from alone.

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Pensions
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How can more people be on unemployment benefits than before COVID, with fewer unemployed Australians? Here's how

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:21

theconversation.com (26.04.2022) So low is Australia’s unemployment rate, the official count says there are now just 580,300 people unemployed – the least since 2009, when Australia’s population was one-sixth smaller than it is today. Compared to just before the start of the pandemic, 184,800 fewer Australians are now unemployed.

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australia
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Unemployment
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