Cooperatives like the Sambayanan ng Muling Pagkabuhay ni Kristo (SMPK) are essential in improving the lives of the urban poor. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank, 2013.Welcome to our February newsletter! 

This month's newsletter is dedicated to the United Nations World Day of Social Justice, which takes place annually on 20 February 2018. A basic principle of social justice is the fair dispersal of goods. Social Justice is the basic condition for peace and respect between nations in a connected world. 

Social protection is essential for realising the human right to social security for all, thereby advancing social justice and promoting inclusive growth. Accordingly, it serves as a key instrument in accelerating progress towards achieving the globally agreed 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Following a life-cycle approach, social protection caters to the needs of children, women and men of working age, including protection in case of maternity, unemployment, employment injury and disability, and the elderly. It therefore ensures to the needs of the most vulnerable for the attainment of social justice. We hope you enjoy reading this month's compilation of social justice related content!

This month we share the following social justice related publications:

This ILO flagship report provides a global overview on recent trends in social protection systems, including social protection floors. It offers a broad range data on social protection coverage, benefits and public expenditures on social protection.

Informality and Income Insecurity: Is Basic Income a Universal Solution?
by the
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the Social Protection and Human Rights Platform (2016)

Is a universal basic income an effective way for states to meet their social protection commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, serving as a realistic option for developed and developing countries to reduce poverty and increase social justice?

Barriers to access social assistance and special social services in Kazakhstan
by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (2018)

This research investigates the barriers that low-income and vulnerable families with children face in accessing poverty-targeted social and special social services. The study primarily covers children with disabilities and those with limited capacities.
Cash transfers for refugees: An opportunity to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and social protection 
by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (2017)

This briefing paper showcases the immediate effects of cash transfers on reducing barriers to accessing basic services and employment for refugees, as well as considering the long-term implications of improvements in economic and social outcomes.

Mainstreaming Gender and Targeting Women
in Inclusive Insurance:
Perspectives and Emerging Lessons

by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Bank Group and Womens World Banking (2017)

This collection of notes and case studies highlights how the insurance needs of women are different from those of men: women are more at risk of losing their income because of pregnancy, divorce or separation, as well as constraints imposed by society and laws.


Blog Posts
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15 February
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
(Geneva - GMT+2)

Managing Disaster Differently:
Shock-Sensitive Social Protection
in Malawi

Past webinar:
On 25 January, 2018, Development Pathways presented the webinar Why is social protection vital to ensure that no person with a disability is left behind? The presenters discussed the evidence on the role of social protection in the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Access the slide presentation here!
Stay updated with some recent social protection news:

Check out the highlighted event of the month!

1-12 October

Turin, Italy
Global Workers Academy on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience

This ILO course will support trade union organisations in responding to crises by stregthening capacity to promote decent employment, foster social protection, social dialogue and respect for fundamental rights.

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