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Leveraging digital technologies for social inclusion

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:37

UN/DESA Policy Brief #92: (Feb 2021) COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of digital transformation: implications for social inclusion

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ICT
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Service delivery
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Kenya: Parliament halts COVID-19 related tax relief

Submitted by cambrosio on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 17:45

Reuters.com (22.12.2020)

Kenya’s parliament on Tuesday voted to end tax cuts put in place in April to cushion the economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move lawmakers said would help to plug revenue shortfalls but investors said would hamper a recovery. The tax cuts were introduced weeks after Kenya reported its first case of the coronavirus and aimed to shield East Africa’s richest economy.

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kenya
Global challenges
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Contribution Collection and Compliance
Covid-19
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US: Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 15:47

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.

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United States
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Error evasion and fraud

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The Philippines to Suspend Social Security and Healthcare Premium Hikes for 2021

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 16:13

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.

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philippines, the
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Health
Contribution Collection and Compliance

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Laos: Income support to help 17,000 garment workers hit by COVID-19

Submitted by cambrosio on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 17:14

ilo.org (23.02.2021)

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.

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laos
Global challenges
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Unemployment
Cash transfers
Shocks & extreme events
Covid-19
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Médiateur numérique, en première ligne contre l’illectronisme - WE DEMAIN

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 16:13

C’est une profession émergente, devenue essentielle à l’heure du confinement : les médiateurs numériques aident à comprendre les outils et les usages digitaux à tous ceux qui ne les maîtrisent pas. Personnes âgées, précaires, mais aussi jeunes, près de 20 % de la population est concernée.

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france
Global challenges
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Integrar a 100.000 adultos mayores al mundo digital

Submitted by rruggia on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 17:04

La participación de los adultos mayores en actividades sociales, culturales, educativas y recreativas a través de las nuevas tecnologías contribuye a su integración plena en la vida de nuestra comunidad. Queremos que las tecnologías sirvan como medios para el encuentro y no como una barrera entre las distintas generaciones. Por eso nos comprometimos a integrar a 100.000 adultos mayores en el uso de nuevas tecnologías y a promover su acceso real a dispositivos tecnológicos para 2017.

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argentina
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ICT
Population ageing
Digital Economy Observatory : Only Tags
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Narrowing 'digital divide': China steps up efforts to better serve the elderly in digital age

Submitted by rruggia on Wed, 02/24/2021 - 16:52

A video of a 94-year-old grandma being carried to a bank for face recognition to activate her social security card in Guangshui, Central China's Hubei Province, has sparked heated debate on the internet, once again drawing attention to the difficulties elderly people face in using smart technology.

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china
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ICT
Population ageing
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Austria: Labor ministers and tourism ministers give employees in tourism the prospect of returning to work

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:42

With the renewal of the commitment to re-employment, we are giving employees and companies more planning security and prospects for returning to work as soon as tourism can take off again, ”emphasize Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger and Labor Minister Martin Kocher. Numerous employers - especially in the tourism industry - have given their employees a "re-employment commitment" - that is, the assurance that the job will be available as soon as it can be reopened.

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austria
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Employment

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Canada: One-year tax exemption on COVID-19 assistance benefits

Submitted by mmarquez on Thu, 02/18/2021 - 15:15

Newswire Quebec (12.02.2021) Individuals who have received COVID-19 assistance benefits will be exempt from paying interest on their 2020 tax balance for a one-year period. This measure is intended to provide relief to those who have been impacted by the pandemic.

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canada
Global challenges
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Social assistance
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