Monday, May 18, 2020

Op-Ed: A wake-up call for universal social protection (COVID-19)

The coronavirus pandemic has bluntly exposed how a large number of people across the world are susceptible to health and economic shocks. It is also clear how vulnerable groups in many countries still remain precariously unprotected without any form of social protection. The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202) asserts that social protection is a human right. It mentions that social protection is a necessity for development, a tool for reducing social exclusion, an investment in workers' empowerment and a mechanism that is conducive towards gradual formalisation of employment. The recommendation calls upon countries to establish and maintain social protection floors, and progressively make the transition to... Read More