Achieving universal health coverage is integral to the central pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind”. Meeting this target is about more than just having enough resources to incrementally expand health coverage to the entire population. This Brief provides policy makers with evidence-based advice on how to design and implement balanced and integrated policy solutions for universalism in the health sector and beyond, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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This research investigates the barriers which low-income and vulnerable families with children face in accessing poverty-targeted social assistance (Targeted Social Assistance, TSA and the State Child Allowance, SCA2) and special social services. It focuses on children living in households, rather than those residing in institutions. Moreover, with respect to special social services, the study primarily covers children with disabilities and those with limited capacities.

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DHAKA, BANGLADESH (18 January 2018) — Together with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and representatives of development partners, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Wencai Zhang attended the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) in Dhaka on 17 January 2018. As a keynote speaker of the opening session, he reaffirmed ADB’s commitment to supporting Bangladesh in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and assisting the country in fulfilling its growth aspirations.

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Join the second workshop on Actuarial Work for Social Security for Russian-speaking professionals.
Are you undertaking or supervising actuarial work within social security? Do you work or you plan to work with actuarial valuation, investment issues, operational control and risk management that need actuarial input?

To exchange experiences and solutions on these important issues, join this ISSA Academy workshop and tap into the expertise of the ISSA and its member organizations.

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A British born Jamaican and now Senegalese entrepreneur Saadiya Sy has recently initiated a project called Attaya Attire.  The project is expected to create an environment where economic growth and poverty reduction will be promoted through enhancing productive capacity and social protection of young women in the country.

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What factors enable social protection systems to be more responsive to shocks? This is the main research question of the Study on Shock-responsive Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean, a flagship initiative by World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM) in collaboration with many partners and governments in the region. Watch this video for a summary of their findings!

 

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Safety nets in Africa are a popular policy instrument to address the widespread chronic poverty and encourage human capital investments in the education and health of children. Although there have been considerable analyses on the impacts of safety nets globally, particularly in Latin America, less been done on synthesizing results across Sub-Saharan African programs. This study fills this gap by systematically extracting and standardizing the results across impact evaluations for better understanding of what has been achieved using this policy instrument in the continent.

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Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA), an initiative by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and its partners to guard against child abuse and strengthen child protection systems in the country, has placed a spotlight on activities of communities along the Lake Volta in the Krachi East Municipality of the Volta Region.

Reports revealed that a majority of children aged 10 years or younger are engaged in hazardous and physically demanding work in these fishing communities.

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Antipoverty policies assume that targeting poor households suffices in reaching poor individuals. We question this assumption. Our comprehensive assessment for sub-Saharan Africa reveals that undernourished women and children are spread widely across the household wealth and consumption distributions. Roughly three-quarters of underweight women and undernourished children are not found in the poorest 20% of households, and around half are not found in the poorest 40%. Countries with higher undernutrition tend to have higher shares of undernourished individuals in non-poor households.

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for renewed commitment to eliminate undernutrition and hunger in Africa.

 FAO’s 2017 report on the  State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world indicated that civil conflicts and adverse climate trends had led to an increase in the number of hungry people.

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