Social accountability in social protection: Unpacking the concept

On 18th January 2018, the first in a three part webinar series focused on the role of social accountability in social protection took place. This was the first time that experts and practitioners from across the globe had been brought together to discuss this important topic. Social accountability is an approach to building accountability in which citizens are the key actors . More specifically, it refers to ‘the extent and capacity of citizens to hold the state and service providers accountable and make them responsive to the needs of citizens and beneficiaries’. Social accountability is important for social protection for at least three reasons: It helps programmes function effectively by: reducing error, fraud and corruption;...Read more

A five-day conference kicked off today in Belize City. Policy makers are attempting to strengthen what is in place to eliminate poverty among the various pockets of the vulnerable populations. Issues of healthcare, income security for children, the elderly or the disabled are also on the table.On the first day, social protection registries and an improvement on deliverables were the focus. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

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Social protection floor (SPF) gives everyone access to basic social rights, services and facilities. and is even more urgent during times of economic crisis. The United Nations, led by the ILO and the WHO, has launched a global initiative to promote social protection for all. Individual countries are already taking the steps to make it happen, and are proving it can work, even in tough economic times.

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Governments in low- and middle-income countries are increasingly investing in social protection, and also address many of their own people's 'humanitarian' needs themselves. For their international partners, who may have an important role in filling gaps when household needs exceed national capacity to meet them, support for the strengthening of national systems - combined with a shift from short-run to more durable approaches - is becoming a unifying framework for assistance.

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The initiative to draft a Global Charter for Social Protection Rights emerged at the AEPF (Asia-Europe People’s Forum) at Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, in July 2016. The aim is to use these texts – a full text and its synthesis – for a campaign to strengthen the already existing initiatives of the ILO’s Social Protection Floor and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Promoting inclusion through social protection: Results from the UN Report on the World Social Situation 2018

Report on the World Social Situation 2018 - Promoting inclusion through social protection, 2018.
The webinar ‘Promoting inclusion through social protection: Results from the UN Report on the World Social Situation 2018’ took place on 11 October 2018. The webinar presented the main findings of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA): ‘Report on the World Social Situation 2018: Promoting inclusion through social protection’. The publication highlights the importance of universal access to social protection in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently, access to social protection is extremely uneven – not only between countries, but also between groups and individuals – challenging the efficacy of social protection in promoting inclusion and resilience, and ultimately reaching the goal of leaving no one behind. The event, organised by DESA...Read more

TRANSFORM (Introductory Curriculum) in Sudan – Khartoum

02/12/2018 (All day) to 06/12/2018 (All day)

TRANSFORM (Introductory Curriculum) in Sudan –  Khartoum 

TRANSFORM (Training of Trainers) for Portuguese speaking practitioners – Maputo

26/11/2018 (All day) to 07/12/2018 (All day)

TRANSFORM (Training of Trainers) for Portuguese speaking practitioners –  Maputo 

TRANSFORM (Introductory Curriculum following e-TRANSFORM) for UNICEF staff – Addis Ababa

19/11/2018 (All day) to 23/11/2018 (All day)

TRANSFORM (Introductory Curriculum following e-TRANSFORM) for UNICEF staff –  Addis Ababa 

The EU-funded project Research, Network & Support Facility (RNSF) organises #InformalTalks, a series of webinars dedicated to the Informal Economy, to disseminate the results of its research. The third #InformalTalks webinar is entitled "How to extend social protection to informal workers?" and will be held on October 4 at 11am (CET).

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