Social accountability in the delivery of social protection: Exploration of approaches and principles

On 1 March 2018, HelpAge International and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth organised the second in a three part webinar series focused on the role of social accountability in the delivery of social protection. The recording is available here and the presentation here . The event explored approaches to social accountability through two case studies. The first was the Zanzibar Universal Pension Scheme (ZUPS), a non-contributory social pension available to all older Zanzibaris aged 70 years and above (approximately 25,000 older people). Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania with a population of almost 1 million. The second case study was the Social Protection and Poverty Reduction programme in Indonesia, which has a number of integrated social protection...Read more

Members of Denmark’s ‘a-kasse’ unemployment system will not be refunded contributions by the state if they lose eligibility for cover under new rules set to be phased in from January 1st.

The rule changes in question relate to eligibility for unemployment insurance payouts, dagpenge in Danish, for which a monthly fee is paid to a provider known in Denmark as an a-kasse.

Payouts to a-kasse members are funded in part by the state and in part by membership fees.

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The San Diego City Council unanimously voted, 9-0, Tuesday to invest more than $14 million in homelessness services and programs designed to curb the city's homeless population.

The $14.1 million allocation of state funding comes from the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, a $500 million block grant designed to help address homelessness throughout California.

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A five-day conference kicked off today in Belize City. Policy makers are attempting to strengthen what is in place to eliminate poverty among the various pockets of the vulnerable populations. Issues of healthcare, income security for children, the elderly or the disabled are also on the table.On the first day, social protection registries and an improvement on deliverables were the focus. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

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Rural development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increase productivity, incomes and food security in Kenya, according to a new report presented today in the capital city of Nairobi.

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Social protection floor (SPF) gives everyone access to basic social rights, services and facilities. and is even more urgent during times of economic crisis. The United Nations, led by the ILO and the WHO, has launched a global initiative to promote social protection for all. Individual countries are already taking the steps to make it happen, and are proving it can work, even in tough economic times.

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India’s National Housing Bank (NHB) said on Wednesday that it had provided an interest subsidy of 32.70 billion rupees ($463.3 million) to more than 143,000 households up to Nov. 28 this year.

The subsidy, which was given for the first five months of 2018-2019 financial year, is part of a government initiative aimed at offering affordable mortgage loans to middle and lower income groups, including economically weaker sections.

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On November 8, 2018, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources published a new regulation governing the administration of Puerto Rico's unemployment insurance program. The Regulation to Administer the Unemployment Insurance Program (“Regulation”), which implements Puerto Rico’s Employment Security Act and supersedes three previous regulations, will take effect on December 8, 2018.

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The Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) on Tuesday announced to raise pensions for elderly people by 20%, Express News reported.

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[Nov 2018] New paper! Linking humanitarian assistance + social protection

28 Nov 2018: Dear community, today the World Food Programme and World Bank have published a paper called, 'Human(itarian) Capital? Lessons on Better Connecting Humanitarian Assistance and Social Protection'. In 2017 the two organisations conducted research on...