CGAP - Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor is a global partnership of more than 30 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.

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The joint event ‘Self-employment in Europe: labour market and  social protection’ will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 in the Conseil Central de l’Economie, Brussels, Belgium. 

The half-day event from 14.00 – 17.00 will be an opportunity to explore recent Eurofound and European Social Observatory (OSE) research on the issues surrounding self-employment and Social protection. In particular, it will be an opportunity to share expertise in the context of the European Commission’s initiative on ‘Social protection for all’.

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This paper analyzes the incentives to labor supply faced by families, particularly mothers, with young children in the context of a recently introduced fertility promotion benefit in Poland. The paper is based on an adapted version of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Tax-Benefit Model, which estimates households’ net earnings after taxes and social transfers at different levels of wages. Since the recent introduction of the 500+ benefit, some households face steep marginal tax rates due to the benefit withdrawal rules.

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This symposium provides a timely opportunity for experts, national authorities, social partners and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest policy developments at EU level to tackle gender-based discrimination in the workplace. It will also allow delegates to analyse the different drivers of inequality between female and male workers, and to identify priorities for future policy actions in order to remove the remaining barriers to women’s access to the labour market.

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University of Milan

The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university, which - with 8 faculties and 2 schools and a teaching staff of more than 2000 professors - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields.

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Around the world, developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty, with success stories in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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This event will compare and contrast perspectives on microfinance in the East and West, focusing on the inclusion of people in rural areas, environmental impacts, technology and the future of the sector. This Summit will also focus on recent regulation and legislation, the inclusion of non-developed segments in the Microfinance industry, and the social impact of investing.

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This report presents five promising practices in social protection in Europe and Central Asia,  The report documents the experiences of Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro and Kyrgyzstan in reforming their social protection systems to make them more child-sensitive.  The report highlights steps countries have taken to make their social protection systems more integrated (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro) as well as to extend the adequacy and coverage of their social assistance programmes (Georgia and Kyrgyzstan).  A number of useful lessons

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The ISSA European Network (IEN) will organize a Technical Seminar on Gender mainstreaming in social security on 31 May-1 June 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland, hosted by the the Social Insurance Administration of Iceland (Tryggingastofnun ríkisins - TR) and the Ministry of Welfare in Iceland.

The issue of inequalities across the life course has been identified as one of the main challenges for social security in the ISSA landmark publication “10 global challenges for social security”.

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Moldovan employers report that inadequate technical skills, poor work ethic, and lack of motivation among the workforce have a negative impact on the performance of their firms. Inadequate knowledge of foreign languages appears to be the most pressing problem for high-skilled occupations, while insufficient analytical and problem-solving skills as well as low willingness to learn new things are most cited skills gaps for middle-skilled workers. Two policy measures can help to address the skills gap.

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