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

The government has proposed increasing the average old-age pension by about 900 crowns as of January 2019. The fixed component of such pensions, which is the same for all and now stands at CZK 2,700, would rise by 570 crowns. The component reflecting the amount the recipient paid into the system during their working years will rise 3.4 percent.

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A total of 442 abaca farmers benefited from “Cash for Work” Incentive under the P50 Million Abaca Rehabilitation program of Department of Agriculture (DA) in Catanduanes. According to the province, of the total recepients, 269 abaca farmers came from Bagamanoc, 93 came from Panganiban, while 80 from Viga amounting to over a million pesos. Provincial Agriculturist Nelia Teves revealed that 100% of the targeted farmers from Bagamanoc and Panganiban were present in the awarding of cash incentives.

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The Government of Kazakhstan has adopted the Roadmap on the employment and socialization of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET), Kazinform correspondent reports. Speaking at today's Government meeting, Minister of Social Development Darkhan Kaletayev said that the program is addressed to the citizens of Kazakhstan aged 18 to 29, including those who graduated from universities in 2018.

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Malacañang on Tuesday promised to provide assistance to over 10,000 miners who lost their jobs as the government ordered the closure of all small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera region. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque discussed steps the miners can take for alternative sources of livelihood.

First, they can undergo training at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to learn a new skill, Roque said.

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The European Union and Morocco inked on Friday two agreements aimed at supporting Moroccan small & medium enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups working on innovation as well as the country’s social protection program. The agreements, related to the EU-funded programs: “Competitiveness & green growth” and “social protection reform in Morocco”, were sealed during the visit European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn is currently paying to the North African Kingdom.

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The objective of the Social Assistance System Strengthening Project for Vietnam is to support the government in strengthening the social assistance system by developing innovations in management and service delivery nationwide, and by piloting these innovations in the four project provinces. The project consists of the following components: 1) strengthening the social assistance and poverty reduction system; 2) launching a consolidated social assistance program; and 3) project management.

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 The World Food Program (WFP) is implementing a project in Cuba to support the production of nutrients aimed at social safety nets, a WFP source said today. According to program assistant Luis Placido Ortega, one of the objectives is to increase the efficiency of the food system to vulnerable sectors of society, such as primary schools, nursing and maternity homes, among others.
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Universal access to social protection is a human right and a moral imperative. It is also a potent policy tool to reduce vulnerability, address social exclusion, poverty and inequality. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underscores the importance of social protection for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Governments have committed to implementing social protection floors and systems for all. 

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Indonesia - Kemenag (Ministry of Religious Affairs)

The Ministry of Religious Affairs is a government agency which is responsible for religion-related matters, such as Hajj, religious education, among others. 

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