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Tajikistan: Cash assistance for struggling families in Tajikistan amid the pandemic

Submitted by cambrosio on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 16:34

unicef.org (16.10.2020)

The Government of Tajikistan is working with the World Bank to provide support to low-income families in Tajikistan through the Tajikistan Emergency COVID-19 (TEC-19) Project. Up to 50,000 families with children under the age of 3, who are registered as poor in the national program of the Targeted Social Assistance (TSA), will receive one-off payments of 500 TJS (around US$50) in order to offset the impacts of the pandemic. 20,000 families have already received this vital support, which is helping them cover essential needs such as food and medication.

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Serbia: Electronic scheduling for PCR testing on personal request on the eGovernment portal

Submitted by siha on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 16:23

The government of the Republic of Serbia (02.10.2020) The Office for Information Technologies and e-Administration announced that as of today, on the eGovernment portal, electronic scheduling of appointments for PCR testing on personal request has been enabled. Citizens, foreign citizens with an approved residence in our country, as well as foreign citizens without an approved residence (tourists), can easily and quickly schedule an appointment in one of the 25 laboratories in 22 cities and municipalities in Serbia.

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serbia
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Health
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GAO: Agencies Overseeing Critical Sectors Must Ensure NIST Cybersecurity Framework Compliance – Executive Gov

Submitted by rruggia on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 08:10

The Government Accountability Office has found that most organizations voluntarily agreed to adopt the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework but their overseeing agencies are yet to develop ways to ensure NIST compliance.

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united states
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Security
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Honduras launches innovative transfer program in response to COVID-19

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:27

latinamerica.undp.org (14.10.2020) The Government of Honduras launched “Single Voucher” (Bono Unico), an innovative social protection program aimed at supporting the most vulnerable population affected by COVID-19 in Honduras. The Single Voucher is a one-time subsidy of $82 dollars (2,000 lempiras) delivered through an electronic voucher that can be exchanged for food, medicine and /or medical supplies to up to 260,000 persons in the country in the next three months. 

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IMF: Morocco’s Pandemic Social Protection Solutions a ‘Success Story’

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 15:51

moroccoworldnews.com (20.10.2020) Morocco established several innovative digital solutions to increase the number of beneficiaries of social protection schemes during the pandemic.

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Spain: Unemployment benefit goes back to 70% and dismisses previous reduction

Submitted by mmarquez on Tue, 10/13/2020 - 14:33

eldiario.es (29.09.2020) El Ministerio de Trabajo ha evitado la reducción de la cuantía de la prestación por desempleo de los trabajadores en ERTE pasados los seis meses en esta situación. Con la legislación vigente, aprobada con el Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy, la cantidad se reducía del 70% al 50% de la base reguladora, una reducción que se anula y se mantiene la cantidad del 70%.

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spain
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Spain: Extension of short-term work support program ERTE until January 31st

Submitted by mmarquez on Tue, 10/13/2020 - 14:28

eldiario.es (29.09.2020) Los ERTE por fuerza mayor existentes se prorrogan hasta el 31 de enero. Los ERTE por causas objetivas –los llamados ETOP– seguirán siendo aplicables hasta el término que tuvieran establecido y se podrán prorrogar si se solicita ante la autoridad laboral, con las condiciones establecidas en el primer decreto que reguló esta herramienta laboral (y que no daban derecho a que los expedientes ETOP se beneficiaran de ayudas a la cotización).

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India: Reduced EPF contribution for 3 months

Submitted by mmarquez on Tue, 10/13/2020 - 11:35

conomictimes.indiatimes.com (15.06.2020) The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will reduce its EPF contribution rate from 12 per cent to 10 per cent for both employers and employees for the months of months May 2020, June 2020 and July 2020. It is applicable to all class of establishments covered under the EPF & MP Act, 1952 except the establishments like Central and State Public sector enterprises or any other establishments owned or controlled of the Central govt or State govt.The reduced rate is also not applicable to establishments eligible for PMGKY benefits, since the

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india
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Saint Lucia & WFP Partner to Expand Coverage of the Public Assistance Programme as Part of the National COVID-19 Response

Submitted by cambrosio on Mon, 10/12/2020 - 11:40

jointsdgfund.org (10.09.2020)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Saint Lucia to support an expansion of the nation’s Public Assistance Programme (PAP) by 1,000 households as part of the nation’s 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

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Saint Lucia
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