Welcome to our May newsletter!
We are delighted to announce that the socialprotection.org platform has a new hosting agency! Starting this month, we are partnering with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), an independent research institute within the UN umbrella dedicated to interdisciplinary research and policy analysis in social policy and development. This partnership promises to further advance our work and bring new opportunities for supporting the production, sharing and uptake of social protection knowledge around the world.
The dynamic scene of contemporary labour markets calls for a closer look at labour polices and social protection. Celebrate the International Workers’ Day with us by exploring our curated content. Check out the new Indo-Pacific podcast series episode, and read a blog post on social insurance for informal workers. Explore our updated Programme Profiles and sign up for a new webinar series. Don't miss out!
Upcoming Webinars
Approaches to measures disability related costs for inclusive social protectionThis is the inaugural webinar of the series ‘Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems: Participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities'.
16 May 2024 | 14:00 (GMT+2)
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Lebanon's Social Registry (DAEM): Transforming Cash Delivery for the Poor and Vulnerable.
23 May 2024 | 12:00 (GMT)
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Social Protection Podcast
Indo-Pacific Podcast Series Ep.02 | Social Protection for Gig Workers in Southeast Asia—Gig workers often lack access to social protection schemes. How can governments, unions, and platforms bridge this gap? This is the second episode of the three-part podcast series ‘Emerging trends for Social Protection in the Indo-Pacific’. Listen now!  
Programme Profiles
Explore our recently updated Programme Profiles! Over the past year, the socialprotection.org team has meticulously reviewed and mapped profiles of social protection programmes, which are now available on our platform. Dive in to explore the latest information on social assistance and labour market interventions in the Global South. With over 680 programmes available from East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, each profile offers comprehensive details on aspects such as design, targeting methods, and implementation. Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers can find and discover profiles using our filters by type, region, and more. Access now!
Discover additional recent publications curated by the socialprotection.org team
Regional policy dialogue on social protection for rural populations in Africa
28-30 May 2024 | 06:00 (GMT)
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Academic Opportunities
Call for papers: Community-Based Social Protection - Inclusion, Challenges, and Prospects
Southern Africa Social Protection Experts Network, SASPEN, UNDP | In-person | Apply by 16 June 2024

Food Policy MSc
University of London | Blended | Apply by 31 December 2024
Job Opportunities
Senior Advisor Social Protection and Cash Assistance
Action Against Hunger | New York or Washington D.C.| Apply by 20 May 2024

Partnerships Manager Group Cash Transfers - Cash Consortium of Sudan
Mercy Corps | Nairobi | Apply by 31 May 2024
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Social protection in a flexible labour market
Traditional employment structures offer workers access to social protection benefits. However, these structures are being redefined with the evolving labour market, including work models like gig employment. Accessing social protection rights is increasingly challenging in a market where flexibility and autonomy often mean sacrificing long-term financial security. It's crucial to address these changing needs!
Blog of the Month
Spotlight on Social Insurance: Building Fairer, More Inclusive Social Protection Systems for All Workers—This piece discusses how social protection mechanisms have shifted towards poverty alleviation, embracing cash transfers and hybrid programmes. However, social insurance, crucial in formal employment settings, has been overlooked despite its importance, especially in informal economies where most workers lack coverage. Read now!
This blog was especially produced for our May newsletter by Laura Alfers, Director, Social Protection Programme, and Florian Juergens-Grant, Global Social Protection Advisor, from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Browse additional publications on Labour and Social Protection, curated by the socialprotection.org team.
Programme Profile
Tenonderã (Move Forward) | Paraguay— Established in 2014, this programme aims to support the socio-economic stability of families reaching the final stage of the Tekoporã programme, helping them overcome poverty through productive projects and sustainable income generation. Tenonderã coordinates technical support and vocational training through partnerships with both public and private institutions and assists in marketing the products and services offered by micro-enterprises. Participating families receive training and continuous support. Explore this programme!
Extending Social Security to Workers in the Informal Economy | ILO—This self-paced course assists policymakers, workers' and employers' organizations, and other stakeholders in developing social protection strategies. It aids in addressing challenges and facilitating transitions to formality for workers in the informal economy. Acces now!
Grandmothers and the Mexican labour market | VoxDevTalk—In Mexico, where grandmothers often play a vital role in childcare for families, their passing can lead to a decline in the employment rate of mothers.This podcast delves into how women often leave the workforce due to the disproportionate burden of childcare they bear. Acces now!
Past Webinar
Is social protection to blame for informality?

16 February 2023
Watch the recording | Presentation
Past event
Changing labour markets and the future of social protection

5 March 2024
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