The proposed database has been made possible by the mandatory use of a beneficiary’s Aadhaar -- the 12-digit biometric identity -- for all rural schemes, according to the first official. It will be a “unified and integrated IT-based...

A new round of a one-off living subsidy was the centrepiece of a raft of welfare measures that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor unveiled in her third policy address aimed mainly at helping the city’s poor cope with high property prices. Lam...

The Seoul city government said Wednesday it will more than quadruple the number of recipients of its monthly youth employment promotion subsidy and create a new housing rent subsidy for young people next year. Under the...

(OPINION): From the “welfare-reform” efforts of the 1990s to the strictly income-dependent benefits of the Affordable Care Act, means-testing has dominated the past several decades of center-left policy discussion in the United...

BLOG: The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index 2019 edition has been published, and the United States has been given a rank of C+ in this comparison of pension systems of 37 rich and middle-income countries, with a score of 60.6,...

SAO PAULO — The Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to an overhaul of Brazil’s pension system, capping years of stalled efforts to sway public opinion and rein in unsustainable government spending on retirement....

China's social insurance coverage continues to expand, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. A total of 956 million people were covered by basic old-age insurance by the end of September, up 13.23 million...

The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) says a total of 28,538 extremely poor and vulnerable households in ten (10) districts benefited from cash transfers under the Social Safety Net project. According to the Deputy...

Millions of the world’s poorest citizens depend on social welfare programs to survive. Governments are increasingly turning to IT for solutions. Not everybody thinks this is a good idea.

Philip Alston, the...

OPINION: The economic downturn is global. IMF has projected that 90% of the world economy will grow at a lower rate in 2019 than in the previous year. Industrialised countries have what economists call ‘automatic stabilisers’ that...

(OPINION): In Japan, which faces an accelerated aging of the population with ever fewer births, a vague sense of anxiety over the public pension system is spreading. Generally speaking, future pension finance greatly fluctuates...

A report was recently presented at the 57th session of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, where progress and challenges of how Costa Rica has been working on health issues were...