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Transparency, exclusion and mediation: how digital and biometric technologies are transforming social protection in Tamil Nadu, India

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 09/19/2022 - 16:03

tandfonline.com (31.03.2021) What are the effects of biometric and digital technologies on social protection for the poor in India? Drawing on ethnographic research from rural Tamil Nadu, this paper presents evidence of how new technologies are experienced by beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (PDS), and analyses the impacts of technology innovations on transparency, exclusion and mediation. The authors focus on the implementation of ‘smartcards,’ new digitised and Aadhaar-enabled ration cards, introduced in ration shops across Tamil Nadu in 2017.

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india
Global challenges
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ICT

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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Skills and employment: Big data offers new way to monitor changes in the demand and supply for skills

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 09/16/2022 - 16:07

ilo.org (32.08.2022) A new study by the International Labour Organization finds that, with the right tools, data from online jobs platforms can provide important information about current and future demand and supply of skills in the labour market

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Nigeria: Why we introduced digitalized cash transfer payments - FG

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 08/22/2022 - 16:58

Daily Post Nigeria (12.08.2022)  The Federal Government said the introduction of digitalized cash transfer payment will help in addressing some lapses while operating the analog payment system. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed this at the official flag-off of the grant for vulnerable groups as well as the digitized payment for conditional cash transfer held in Dutse, Jigawa State.

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nigeria
Global challenges
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E-services
Cash transfers
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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Social protection and response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: Innovations in registration and payment systems

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 08/19/2022 - 16:10

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (01.08.2022) The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the foundations of the economy and provoked devastating social effects in all the countries in the world, being Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) one of the most affected regions.

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latin america
Global challenges
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E-services

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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G2P digital payments and financial inclusion for social resilience

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/16/2022 - 16:39

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (01.08.2022) There is a global trend to automate and digitalise the cash payments of social protection programmes, and there has been a shift towards diversifying payment means in some African countries such as Zambia, Namibia, Togo, Tanzania, Malawi, Comoros and Mozambique. In Mozambique, the COVID-19 pandemic response has tripled the social protection system’s coverage, from 520,000 to approximately 1.6 million households. In the past few years, the country’s emergency response has driven improvements in digital payments.

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Africa
Global challenges
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ICT

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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The opportunities of digital inclusion and the tech behind it

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 08/09/2022 - 16:24

TechRepublic (05.08.2022)  There are 2.9 billion people worldwide who do not have internet access or the opportunities to engage in the digital economy. Despite the technological advancements, the digital divide continues to affect all aspects of life, from banking to healthcare, education, communications and media.

Global challenges
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Digital inclusion
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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UK. Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

Submitted by pmassetti on Fri, 07/15/2022 - 15:36

Pension Policy International (14.07.2022) The calls come as the government publishes its response to a consultation which gathered feedback from industry, potential providers, consumer groups and future users on what data should be included and how this should be displayed to people. Bringing pensions into the digital age, dashboards will allow savers to see what they have in their various pensions – including their State Pension – in a single place online, at any time they choose.

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united kingdom
Global challenges
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Pensions
Interoperability
E-services
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Social Protection in a Pandemic – Trends, Challenges, and Technology

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 06/27/2022 - 16:18

Asian Development Bank (June 2022) The report, part of a GIZ-ADB collaboration, reviews trends in social protection and recent pandemic responses. It discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) tools can fit into the social protection delivery chain. It reviews the functioning of the delivery chain during the pandemic to identify gaps in social protection systems along with emerging solutions that draw on digital technology. The report includes four case studies and suggests steps policymakers could take to foster an enabling environment for the use of AI in social protection.

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ICT

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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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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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
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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