Thursday, September 22, 2022
Welfare states, where they still exist, have rapidly become targeted welfare states, preoccupied with the need to exclude persons deemed ineligible for certain welfare measures. Means testing is one way of fine-tuning targeting, i.e...
Africa, South Africa, America, Brazil, Asia, China, India, Europe, Russia
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Years of implementing, studying, and iterating on cash transfer programs have revealed some important lessons about achieving long-term impact.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
In the busy streets of Male, the capital of Maldives, Aminath Waheed picks up passengers, blazing a trail as the city’s only female taxi driver. In the hills of Nepal, 30-year-old Madhukala Adhikari works as a mobile mason, helping families rebuild...
Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Friday, November 19, 2021
Far from the limelight, global leaders are on the cusp of striking a historic and unprecedented financing deal for spurring pandemic recovery through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), a mechanism overseen by 173 governments...
Thursday, November 4, 2021
There has been a furious response from several research and lobbying organisations to rumours of a reform of the welfare system in South Africa. Apparently, the South African government is considering a local version of the Bolsa Familia, the Brazilian...
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economies, the need for a human-centred recovery from the crisis by nations has been emphasised. The human-centred approach, experts said, should be based on inclusive economic growth and employment,...
Monday, November 1, 2021
We are in unprecedented times. Coronavirus, market upheaval, economic slowdown – all igniting the feeling of insecurity. All humans strive to have at least an adequate standard of living and Governments need to support their populations to fulfill this...
Friday, September 24, 2021
With COVID-19’s disruptions in employment, child care, and education, it is unsurprising that child poverty substantially increased in 2020—roughly 1.2 million more children were living in poverty in 2020 when compared to 2019 (an increase from 15.7% to...
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The International Labour Organization's (ILO) 2020-2022 World Social Protection Report revealed that 46.9% of the world’s population are “covered by at least one social protection benefit”, excluding health. Arab states fall below the global average, at...
Africa, Asia, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
A $45 million investment project seeks to ensure minimum levels of quality of life for vulnerable people in the face of the crisis caused by COVID-19 and hurricanes Eta and Iota.