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South-Asia
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IND
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Asia
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Republic of India

As many as 1,160 differently-abled people were given assistance under The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, during 2017-2018, social welfare minister K Beichhua informed the state assembly on Friday. There are two observation homes for differently-abled people of below 18 years -- Bethsaida home at Durtlang and Rephidim home at Laipuitlang, both in Aizawl, Beichhua said while replying to a query from C Lalsawivunga of opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).

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Innovations in social protection financing: Impact Bonds

The central government's announcement of a relief package yesterday is welcome, as have been the steps announced by various state governments, with Kerala leading the way. Without a relief package, a three-week lockdown could have led to the indirect effects of the COVID-19 crisis eclipsing its direct effects. Moreover, the package gets one basic thing right.

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On Thursday, the government announced a $22.5 billion relief package to support the millions made unemployed by the lockdown. But it is unclear how much that will help migrants and others in India’s enormous off-the-books work force — believed to make up 80 percent of India’s 470 million workers — who are likely to have trouble getting access to the benefits.

The aid, including cash and food handouts, is tied to registration in national labor databases, which omit many migrant workers, or a home address, which many migrants do not have.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: March 27

In the backdrop of the coronavirus scare expected to hit the livelihood of daily wage earners due to slowing down of economy, the Uttar Pradeshgovernment on Tuesday announced to constitute a high-level committee to provide them the required monetary support.

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Social protection is increasingly recognised as a key route to reducing children’s poverty and vulnerability. It is assumed to have direct or indirect effects on specific challenges that children face, such as child labour. Child labour is not often included as a main aim of social protection, and therefore is not commonly tracked systematically (de Hoop & Rosati, 2014). There is limited evidence which suggests that social protection programmes have successfully reduced child labour.

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Do labor market opportunities for women affect marriage and fertility decisions? We provided three years of recruiting services to help young women in randomly selected rural Indian villages get jobs in the business process outsourcing industry. Because the industry was so new at the time of the study, there was almost no awareness of these jobs, allowing us in effect to exogenously increase women’s labor force opportunities from the perspective of rural households.

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Initiatives such as comprehensive training and engaging with and mobilising communities have helped boost the performance of anganwadi centres in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, we found, as part of a project to document innovations in maternal and child healthcare and nutrition across 50 programmes. Their cost - and resource - effective solutions hold lessons for centres nationwide, which are beset with vacancies, training gaps, high absenteeism ghost beneficiaries, and infrastructural and logistical challenges. 

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Growing recognition of the harmful effects of child marriage has placed its elimination on the global and national agenda. To address this problem, we reviewed the global state of evidence on what works to prevent child marriage. Our research focuses exclusively on rigorously evaluated interventions, defined as interventions evaluated as part of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), quasi-experimental study, or a natural experiment, and incorporates new results not included in previous reviews.

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