China’s government will introduce a set of key measures aiming to boost employment, according to guidelines published by China’s State Council, the cabinet.

The guidelines stated that companies with no layoffs or few layoffs can get back 50% of unemployment insurance premiums that they paid in the previous year. For those with temporary production difficulties but with space to recover, the proportion will be bigger. 

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Retiree pensioners in the province may now avail of the new financial assistance program of the Social Security System (SSS).

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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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Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State’s promise to provide 47,544 goats to 15,848 women in June 2019 under the state’s Goat Breeding Microfinance Scheme may qualify as a unique approach to poverty alleviation in the state.

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TRANSFORM REVIEW: LIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM

Two things to consider when answering the questions below:

a) Please consider all aspects of conducting a ‘live learning’ TRANSFORM curriculum when you answer the questions below. By all aspects we mean:

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While most African countries have registered high growth in the last decade, a large number of people remain excluded from the benefits of this progress. (...) With an estimated growth of five million new jobs per year, Africa’s growth has not been jobless. However, the number of people looking for work has grown substantially faster than the number of formal wage jobs created (Filmer & Fox, 2014).

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After assuming power in 2011, the Patriotic Front (PF) government has continued to make strides in bridging the gap between the rich and the poor through the implementation of social protection programmes in the country.

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Harnessing youth potential in Ghana: A policy note by the World Bank

University of Ghana students listen to their political science professor, Dr. Evans Aggrey-Darkoh in Accra, Ghana on October 14, 2015. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank
In an article written by Tim McDonnell of The New York Times in March 2018, “ What’s the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy? Ghana Contends for the Crown ”, Ghana is recognised among the fastest growing economies in the world by the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (McDonnell, 2018), with an expected growth rate between 8.3% - 8.9%. Youth unemployment Amidst this rapid growth, the youth of the country are calling into question the “trickledown effect”, as economic growth has not translated into grass-roots growth. While unemployment in Ghana is well below the sub-Saharan average of 7.4%, it increased from 4% in 2011 to 5.8% in 2017 (McDonnell, 2018). What is disconcerting is the youth unemployment rate looms at 11.5%. According...Read more

Almost a year after the liberation of Marawi City from the hands of terrorists, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to help families displaced by the siege to rise and rebuild their lives. Just recently, another batch of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the city who lost their homes and means of livelihood during the siege has received livelihood assistance under the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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Can empathy end poverty?

The connection between Zakia and Firoza becomes instantly evident when you see them talk to each other. Firoza listens intently as Zakia speaks in a soft, empathetic tone. For Firoza, Zakia is not only a manager apa (sister) from BRAC – she is the only person who she trusts completely. Zakia meets Firoza four times a month, twice in a group with other female participants in her neighbourhood, and twice individually at her home. She supervises the growth of Feroza’s livestock, including the cow that she has received as part grant, part interest-free loan. She gives her tips on how to earn more from her assets, discusses about health and social issues and collects her savings and loan installments. Zakia has been seeing Firoza for nine months now and she already sees a difference. Firoza’s...Read more