The World Bank said Nigeria is showing renewed interest in social investment with increased commitment to the bank’s assisted projects; Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) and Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO).

 

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Over the next twenty years the number of older persons in the Caribbean will double.

This ageing of the population has important implications for public policy in areas such as pensions, health and social care services.

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The Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry is aware that its criteria for aiding homeless people need to be changed, and it has been working on a proposed revision for two years already, ministry documents reveal. Yet despite this, no changes have yet been made. As reported by Haaretz earlier this week, homeless people who apply to welfare offices are often rejected on the grounds of cleanliness or if they don't seem apathetic.
 

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Recent pension cuts backed by Argentine President Mauricio Macri have elicited vigorous popular protest. Mass mobilizations broke out in Argentina over the last two weeks of 2017 following a government attempt to cut pension benefits. The bill, presented in Congress by Argentina’s ruling coalition Cambiemos (“Let’s Change”), seeks to reduce spending on social security by $3.4 billion. This will mean reducing benefits for 17 million retirees, people with disabilities, and families receiving welfare.

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Ottawa workers who feel they are being abused by employers reducing benefits or taking other cost-cutting measures in reaction to Ontario’s new minimum wage laws now have an outlet.

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TOI discovered that pensions of over 53,000 disabled, elderly and widows in Uttarakhand had been stopped since October 2016 as they had not submitted Aadhaar details. According to documents accessed by this paper, out of 59,081 people who draw the disability pension in Uttarakhand, 5,424 have not got a single penny since October 2016. Same is the case for 36,060 of the state's 4.2 lakh old-age pension beneficiaries, and 12,047 of the 1.48 lakh widows eligible for pension.

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 The Citizen Account program allows Saudi women to enlist themselves as family providers under certain conditions. In cases where the husband is not a Saudi, if he is absent, imprisoned or held in a social care home and if she has been deserted, a Saudi woman may register as the family provider in the program. All she has to do is to submit supporting documents through the program’s portal.

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KIGALI, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and the Rwandan government signed 80 million U.S. dollars financing agreement Thursday to support the effectiveness of Rwanda's social protection system, notably Vision 2020 Umurenge Program (VUP), for targeted vulnerable groups.

VUP provides citizens in abject poverty with work opportunities in public projects while elderly or disabled citizens are given cash handouts.

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The financing to the ongoing Safety Net Systems for the Poorest Project will benefit nine million of the poorest households, according to a statement. It will help improve performance of some of the country's largest safety net schemes, which are implemented by the Department of Disaster Management.

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The international community has made clear that the persistence of child labour in today’s world is unacceptable and, in the Sustainable Development Goals, has renewed its commitment to eliminating all forms of child labour by 2025. This report aims to contribute to that endeavour by offering an analysis of trends and an evidence-based discussion of policy solutions.

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