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The Need for Transparency: Designing Rights-Based and Accountable Social Protection Systems

Expert commentaries - Date: 12 April 2018 / Author: Rasmus Jensen Schjødt

A human rights-based approach to social protection requires transparency, accountability and accessibility to be an integral part of the design of policies and programmes. However, policy makers often do not consider whether social protection programmes enable or hinder human rights; focusing instead on issues such as cost effectiveness, distributional...

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Data Visualization for Human Rights Advocacy

Resources - Author: Anshul Vikram Pandey, Enrico Bertini, Jeremy Boy, John Emerson, Katharina Rall, Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Oded Nov / Year: 2016

In a world of “Big Data”, data visualization allows the viewer to explore curated data; the creator to quickly convey complex information; and advocates to vividly display their view of a better world. Fields as disparate as journalism, environmental advocacy, and development assistance are taking advantage of these data-filled...

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International Social Security Review Special Issue: Special Issue: The human right to social security

Resources - Author: Catalina Devandas, Christina Behrendt, Francie Lund, Gabriele Köhler, Katja Hujo, Laura Alfers, Magdalena Sepúlveda, Rachel Moussié, Roddy McKinnon, Valeria Esquivel / Year: 2017

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 asserts that social security is an inalienable human right. Realizing this human right is often considered, simply, as a matter of political will and of administrative aptitude. In these terms, the progressive realization of the human right to social...

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Unimpeded Access to Accountability Mechanisms for Workers in the United Kingdom

Legal depository - Country: United Kingdom / Body: Supreme Court of the United Kingdom / Year: 2017

Summary:  Prior to the enactment of the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (Fees Order) in the UK, a claimant could pursue and appeal employment proceedings without paying any fee. Fees were introduced under the Fees Order, with the amount varying depending on factors including...

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Understanding Multiple Trajectories of Extending Social Protection to the Poor: An analysis of institutional change in Kenya

Resources - Author: Barbara Rohregger, Bethuel Kinuthia, Esther Schüring, Grace Ikua, Katja Bender, Nicky Pouw / Year: 2017

Political economic analyses of recent social protection reforms in Asian, African or Latin American countries have increased throughout the last few years. Yet, most contributions focus on one social protection mechanism only and do not provide a comparative approach across policy areas. In addition, most studies are empirical studies,...

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Social Return on Investment: accounting for value in the context of implementing Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Resources - Year: 2017

Social return on investment (SROI) is a concept to account for social value when evaluating investments. It goes beyond traditional economic evaluation tools, by considering value produced for multiple stakeholders in all three dimensions of development: economic, social and environmental. This discussion paper reviews the main features of SROI...

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The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Commentary

Resources - Author: Başak Çalı, Brian Griffey, Bruce Porter, Catarina de Albuquerque, Cheryl Lorens, Christian Courtis, Donna J. Sullivan, Julieta Rossi, Lilian Chenwi, Malcolm Langford, Michael Ashley Stein, Natasha Telson, Rebecca Brown, Viviana Krsticevic / Year: 2016

This commentary aims to address the need for scholarly research, reasoned argument, consistent interpretation and creative approaches to advocacy, adjudication and remedies under the new OP-ICESCR to ensure that its promise and purpose are fully realized. It aims to provide commentary that is rigorous from a scholarly perspective but...

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Extending Social Security by Anchoring Rights in Law

Resources - Year: 2016

The South African social protection system is one of the most comprehensive within the region. Its statutory and effective coverage rates are above the region’s average and comparable or even beyond those of other BRICS countries. The comprehensive nature of the system lies in contributory and non-contributory cash and...

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Extending Social Protection by Anchoring Rights in Law

Resources - Year: 2016

The adoption of the 1988 constitution marked a landmark in the history of the Brazilian social security system by introducing a universal social security model grounded in citizenship rights. The Constitution sets out the State’s responsibility in organizing and legislating social security. This should be done according to principles...

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in India

Legal depository - Country: India / Body: Supreme Court of India / Year: 2016

 Summary:  In January 2012, up to 53 women underwent a sterilization procedure in Bihar, India, at a sterilization camp managed by an NGO which had been granted accreditation by the District Health Society, apparently without following any formal, transparent process. The women had not been given any counseling regarding...

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Social Protection as a Human Right in South Asia

Resources - Author: Sudheesh Ramapurath Chemmencheri / Year: 2016

Social protection is variously seen as a right or poverty alleviation mechanism or shield from the vagaries of market. Although Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have brought out various social protection programmes through policies, legislations, constitutional guarantees and so on, their comprehensiveness and implementation remain a challenge....

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Organizing Civil Society and Promoting Universal Social Protection Systems: Perspectives from the Middle East and North Africa

Expert commentaries - Date: 19 January 2017 / Author: Mabel Grossi

Fragmented Social Protection Systems and Shrinking Civil Society Space The rationale for social protection policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region varies greatly across countries. Countries such as Tunisia and Morocco have relatively a well-developed rights-based approach to social protection in national policies, while in Yemen...

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Regional Perspective: Linking Social Protection and Human Rights

Resources - Year: 2016

What responsibilities exist at the regional level to provide rights-based social protection? The Organization of American States’ Alexandra Barrantes talks about the importance of shifting the focus to people as rights-holders rather than beneficiaries; the role of legal frameworks (such as the San Salvador Protocol) in creating comprehensive social...

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Inter-sectoral Coordination, Social Protection and Human Rights: A virtuous circle

Expert commentaries - Date: 3 March 2016 / Author: Alexandra Barrantes

Social protection has become an ever more important policy discussion in the social development agenda. Significant advances have been made in the social protection field in the Americas and normative and institutional frameworks have been established within the countries to further strengthen social protection policies. Nevertheless, challenges still remain...

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