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  • 21-May-2019

    English

    Tackling Vulnerability in the Informal Economy

    A majority of workers in the world are informally employed and contribute to economic and social development through market and non-market activities that are not protected, regulated, well-recognised or valued. This study provides an in-depth diagnosis of informality and the vulnerability prevailing in the informal economy. It explores new ideas to improve the lives of workers in the informal economy based on the ILO indicators of informality and the new OECD Key Indicators of Informality based on Individuals and their Household (KIIbIH).The report contributes in four ways to the global debate on the transition from the informal to the formal economy: 1) by examining the multiple faces of informality in a large sample of countries representing diverse conditions, locations and stages of development; 2) by presenting new empirical evidence on the links between informality and the development process; 3) by assessing risks and vulnerabilities in the informal economy, such as poverty and occupational risks, which can be mitigated with social protection and appropriate risk management instruments; 4) by showing that the transition to formality is a complex issue that touches on a wide range of policy domains.
  • 20-mai-2019

    Français

    Dialogue de Haut Niveau avec l'Afrique - 21 mai 2019

    Quarante-neuf pays africains ont adhéré à la Zone de libre-échange continentale africaine (AfCFTA) et le nombre de ratifications a maintenant atteint 22, le seuil minimum pour l’entrée en vigueur de l’accord. La stimulation des infrastructures, l’innovation et la productivité sont essentielles pour accélérer la transformation économique du continent et tirer pleinement parti des avantages de l’intégration régionale.

  • 18-May-2019

    English

    Informality and Poverty in Zambia - Findings from the 2015 Living Standards and Monitoring Survey

    As Zambia plans for extending social protection coverage, this high level of informality will be an important challenge for the social protection system, in particular in terms of coordinating both non-contributory social assistance mechanisms and contributory social insurance programmes. This report on informality and poverty presents useful and critical information to support comprehensive policy dialogue on suitable interventions for extension of coverage by providing in-depth analyses of the socioeconomic characteristics of informal workers and analyzing the relationship between household welfare and formal/informal employment status of household members. For the first time this study provides a detailed distributional analysis of welfare and wellbeing levels of informal workers in Zambia.
  • 15-May-2019

    English

    Tackling gender discrimination in Eurasia starts with family, says new report

    Despite legal reforms promoting greater gender equality, deep-rooted social norms and practices still expose Eurasian women and girls to discrimination throughout their lifetimes, notably within the family, according to the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) 2019 Regional Report for Eurasia, launched today in Tbilisi.

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  • 15-May-2019

    English

    SIGI 2019 Regional Report for Eurasia

    Over the past decade, the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) has consistently shown that governments need to look at discriminatory laws, social norms and practices to achieve gender equality and promote women’s empowerment. This 2019 regional report provides an overview of the main outcomes of the SIGI in 12 Eurasian countries in relation to women and the family, their physical integrity, access to productive and financial resources and their civic rights, as well as the economic cost they represent. Building on these outcomes, the report provides a set of tailored regional policy recommendations to enhance Eurasia's governmental efforts to deliver their gender-equality commitments through a three-pronged approach: legal reforms and transformative gender policies, laws through community mobilisation and empowerment, and policy efficiency through accountability and monitoring.
  • 6-May-2019

    English, PDF, 1,131kb

    Lessons from the EU-SPS Programme: Optimising the role of development partners for social protection

    This paper examines how donors and development partners have supported developing countries in establishing social protection systems. It charts the evolution of social protection across Africa, Asia and Latin America since the 1990s and analyses how donors have both responded to and contributed to this trajectory.

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  • 6-May-2019

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    Lessons from the EU-SPS Programme: Implementing social protection strategies

    This paper provides guidance for moving from social protection strategies to their implementation. It highlights the potential of a social protection system in generating synergies but also recognizes the challenges in terms of weaving together instruments of social protection to not only tackle poverty and vulnerability but also strengthen inclusive social development.

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  • 6-May-2019

    English, PDF, 1,377kb

    Lessons from the EU-SPS Programme: Monitoring and evaluating social protection systems

    This paper provides guidance on developing robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems as tools to assess the effectiveness and potential areas of improvement of social protection systems.

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  • 2-May-2019

    English, PDF, 8,075kb

    Can Social Protection Be an Engine for Inclusive Growth?

    This report challenges us to think deeply about the economic rationale for social protection investments through an inclusive development lens. It helps us understand the links between social protection, growth and inequality; how to measure those links empirically; social protection’s impact on inclusive growth; and how to build a more solid economic case for greater social protection investments

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  • 24-April-2019

    English

    Can Social Protection Be an Engine for Inclusive Growth?

    The potential role of social protection in the development process has received heightened recognition in recent years, yet making a strong investment case for social protection remains particularly challenging in many emerging and developing countries. This report challenges us to think deeply about the economic rationale for social protection investments through an inclusive development lens. It helps us understand the links between social protection, growth and inequality; how to measure those links empirically; social protection’s impact on inclusive growth; and how to build a more solid economic case for greater social protection investments.The report adds to the debate on social protection in three ways. First, it proposes a methodological framework to conceptualise and measure the impact of social protection on what the OECD defines as inclusive growth. Second, it provides new empirical evidence on the impact of different social protection programmes on inclusive growth. Third, it helps strengthen the case for greater investments in social protection while also calling for better data to measure impacts.
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