Social protection systems can play a central role in combating both monetary and multidimensional child poverty, given their potential to contribute to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, improve children’s nutritional, health and educational status and reduce socio-economic barriers to children’s well-being.
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This conference is hosted by the Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), ESRC DFID Impact Initiative for International Development Research and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives.

The conference will be framed around four overarching themes:

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The ISSA Regional Social Security Forum for Africa will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 23 to 25 October 2017, at the invitation of the Public Servants Social Security Agency (PSSSA) of Ethiopia.

The Forum will provide a key platform for participants to share information and discuss the most important regional social security challenges and priority issues in Africa. Member institutions will be invited to identify innovative responses and shape the programme in a survey, which will be sent to all members in the region.

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Many of the workers in the formal economy can take certain things for granted: a regular income, health insurance, unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs, and a pension when they retire. Such things are a distant dream for workers in the informal economy, who in many countries make up most of the workforce. For them, unemployment, maternity or retirement can push their families deep into poverty. An illness or accident may mean hunger, homelessness and destitution.

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This report presents a comprehensive profile of social protection in Tunisia including pensions, healthcare, cash transfers, housing and food and energy subsidies. Social protection in Tunisia is well developed and it offers several forms of protection against social shocks through social insurance, social assistance programmes and social healthcare.

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The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) is the statutory decision-making body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Office for North Africa (ECA-NA). The ICE is in charge of supervising the office activities and meets annually to review the ECA-NA activity report, short and medium term action plans, program of work and strategic orientations

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The theme of this edition is: "Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Employment–intensive Investment Approach". Participants will discuss the role and contribution of employment-intensive approaches in achieving the SDG outcomes mainly focussing on building national capacities for employment creation, expanding employment-based social protection floor and conserving the environment - including addressing climate change and its adverse effects.

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North Africa was hard-hit by high levels of youth unemployment, low female labour force participation, compromised job quality, increasing informality and, slow productivity and underemployment. Yet, countries have been able to move past emergency and short-term responses to undertake substantial reforms in favour of a more inclusive and job-rich growth. Under the theme “Scale up actions for youth employment”, the two-day conference will address the most pressing issues of Youth and Decent Work in North Africa.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Government of Morocco, the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD), and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, January 29–30, 2018. The conference aims to move the dial on discussions on inclusive growth in the Arab world from endorsement to execution.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change.  PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change.

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