Despite being seeming political allies, there appears to be a fundamental tension between the proponents of increased migration and the proponents of a stronger welfare state. It arises due to the conundrum of eligibility: is eligibility for scarce state assistance mediated by citizenship or vulnerability? Regimes have oscillated between these positions, sometimes at the cost of their ideological integrity.
It’s the latest social intervention program under Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari. The government also offers free meals in public primary schools and plans to distribute $300 million in looted funds recovered from Swiss authorities to its poorest people. Around 300,000 households in 19 of Nigeria’s 36 states are expected to receive $14 per month.
There’s one simple reason Nigeria is doubling down on cash transfers to its poorest people: 86.9 million Nigerians—nearly 50% of its estimated 180 million population—live in extreme poverty.
One week after the Ebola outbreak in the Equateur Province was declared over, a new outbreak of the deadly virus hit DR Congo. This time it emerged in the country’s conflict-ridden north-east. In North Kivu Province, Cordaid started a joint healthcare and humanitarian aid operation to address medical and sanitary needs and help contain the outbreak.
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today revealed that 62% of some 22 million working-age Malaysians are self-employed and not covered by any formal social protection.
“It is a sad fact that many Malaysians do not have enough savings for retirement. As a social protection agency, this is of great concern to us,” said EPF chairman Samsudin Osman.
He urged all housewives and their husbands, and those working in the informal sector to become contributors.
Moroccan monarch King Mohammed VI has ordered his country’s government to “carry out a comprehensive and profound restructuring of social affairs,” especially regarding health and education.
The King criticised the programs of support and social protection, to which “tens of billions of dirhams are allocated and which are scattered among several ministerial sectors and are suffering overlap, lack of consistency among them, and the inability to target the right categories that deserve these aids.”
This country study provides updated information and data on social protection programs and calculates the SPI for Cambodia in view of the revised SPI methodology. The primary objective of the Cambodia Country Report is to present the results on social protection programs and policies in Cambodia from relevant government agencies in Cambodia particularly the Cambodia Development Council, Council for Agriculture and Rural Development, and National Institute of Statistics; and, summarize quantitative information on these activities to enable the formulation of a national Social Protection Inde