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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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Information and communication technology

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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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Information and communication technology

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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
Topics
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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Information and communication technology
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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Social protection response to COVID-19 in rural LAC: The potential of digitalization to build back better

Submitted by pmassetti on Tue, 05/31/2022 - 16:35

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (April 2022) This Policy Research Brief analyses how digitalisation can facilitate rural populations’ access to effective and adequate social protection and economic inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. It investigates the region’s social protection response to COVID-19 and highlights three good practices in providing digitalised social protection to vulnerable rural populations during the crisis.

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latin america
Global challenges
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Information and communication technology
E-services

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Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Service delivery
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UK: Flexi-retirement increasingly common due to gig economy

Submitted by pmassetti on Mon, 04/04/2022 - 16:09

Money Marketing (30.03.2022) Flexi-retirement is becoming increasingly common, as more and more retirees are opting to work part-time in the gig economy. According to a new report from Abrdn, two thirds of people retiring in 2022 do not plan on giving up work completely. This compares to just over half of those who retired in 2021 and a third of 2020 retirees. The report, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults, reveals how the “class of 2022” plan to spend their and money in retirement.

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united kingdom
Global challenges
Topics
Pensions
Digital Economy Topical Cluster
Societal Impact
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EU lawmakers push for better protection of bogus self-employed

Submitted by pmassetti on Thu, 03/31/2022 - 17:30

EURACTIV.com (30.03.2022) EU lawmakers quizzed the European Commission executive vice-president, Margrethe Vestager, about new guidelines that would enable self-employed people to seek the protection of collective bargaining agreements, with both sides agreeing that such a right should be guaranteed.

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european union
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