Weekly Social Protection Links: 21 February 2020

BLOG: The recent State of Aadhaar report that claims statistically that the Indian digital identity has mostly been beneficial with a negligible exclusion is in sync with the makers of the technology and largely the Indian government.

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In very remote and deprived areas students are hard to teach and teachers are difficult to train. We use data from a large Randomized Control Trial to evaluate the impact of Mobile Pedagogical Tutors on the education outcomes of students in 3rd to 6th grade in a community-based schooling model in rural Mexico, where the regular instructors are low educated non-professionals from the community.
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The state of Andhra Pradesh is recognized as a leader in using technology to improve the delivery of public services, programs and subsidies. Many of its innovations were piloted in Krishna District, which has been visited by development agencies and delegations from many countries. This paper reports on research to better understand the functioning and effectiveness of its reforms to strengthen state capacity by digitalizing service delivery. 

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Achieving social justice through blockchain technology

Estonia is ready to help the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine in digitalization issues, creating simple and transparent services for people. Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk said this at a meeting with Ukrainian Social Policy Minister Yulia Sokolovska, the Government portal reports.
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A programme being run at more than 20 local authorities by PwC and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) is introducing software robots to carry out repetitive tasks previously done manually, such as document and data checks. Social workers have to make life-changing decisions on whether poor people have the right to financial aid, which is used for rent and food. 

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The pros and cons of blockchain in social assistance

Although social protection is not a new topic on the global agenda, the past decades have observed a steady growth in interest and actors involved, opening ways to new forms of delivering programmes and policies tailored to local contexts (i.e. payment tools, MIS). This webinar was dedicated to showcase the latest innovations/technologies on social protection and how old practices were adapted to achieve more effective results. 

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OECD’s annual report on jobs and employment in OECD countries. Each edition reviews recent trends, policy developments, and prospects. A statistical annex provides data on unemployment rates, incidence of part-time employment, employment/population ratios, and activity rates. Also included are data on expenditure on labour market programmes, average annual wages, and earnings dispersion. Special Chapters examine issues of topical interest.

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