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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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Sanitation Law and Policy in India

Resources - Author: Lovleen Bhullar, Philippe Cullet /

Most comprehensive work on sanitation in India. Provides an overview of the existing legal as well as policy instruments related to sanitation in India. Fills the existing gap, both in knowledge and policy instruments, defining sanitation in India. Highlights the importance, complexity, and fragmented nature of the legal and...

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Making Social Policy Work for Women

Resources - Year: 2015

Watch human rights and policy specialists quit their silos and dialogue productively across disciplines in the third panel, entitled Making social policy work for women, of the research-advocacy-policy workshop Substantive Equality for Women: Connecting Human Rights and Public Policy organized by UNRISD, UNWomen and OHCHR on 15 June 2015....

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Social Protection: A Key to a Fair Society

Resources - Year: 2014

Social protection is essential for social justice and inclusion, strong democracies, equitable growth and resilience during crises. The components of social protection programmes have diverse shapes and historic and cultural backgrounds. They are influenced by demographic, geographic, and administrative requirements and need to be context and country specific. Governments...

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Strengthening Universality for Youth-Centred Development: The Pacific approach

Expert commentaries - Date: 12 August 2015 / Author: Mereia Carling

The Pacific Youth Development Framework (PYDF) 2014–20231 uses human rights principles and social protection approaches to promote inclusive and targeted investment in key youth populations to improve universal access to basic services and opportunities for young people in the Pacific. The PYDF comprises four priority outcomes for youth across...

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The right to Social Security in European Constitutions: Compendium of provisions of European Constitutions related to the right to social security

Resources - Author: Alexander Egorov, Elisabeth Fombuena, Lola Tonini Alabiso / Year: 2015

This document was prepared in October 2012 and revised in July 2015. It contains, for the constitutions of 48 European countries, a compendium of their provisions that affirm the right to social security, social protection, or social assistance; obligations of the State to protect individuals against specific social risks...

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Stratégie Nationale de Protection Sociale

Resources - Year: 2013

Par l’adoption de cette Stratégie, le Gouvernement de Côte d’Ivoire s’inscrit dans les grandes orientations adoptées au niveau international par les Nations Unies et au niveau régional par l’Union Africaine. En avril 2009, le Système des Nations Unies a proposé un « socle de protection sociale » comme une...

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Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection (First Edition)

Resources - Year: 2014

This collection examines the human rights to social security and social protection from a women’s rights perspective. The contributors stress the need to address women’s poverty and exclusion within a human rights framework that takes account of gender. The chapters unpack the rights to social security and protection and...

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Evaluating Outside the Box: Mixing Methods in Analysing Social Protection Programmes

Resources - Author: Keetie Roelen, Stephen Devereux / Year: 2014

This paper reflects on the methodological implications of operationalising an expanded framework for evaluating social protection programmes. It specifically discusses the combination and integration of methods as part of the expanded evaluation framework, and does so by using an ongoing evaluation of a cash transfer pilot programme in Tigray, Ethiopia as...

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Governance of Social Security Systems: A Guide for Board Members in Africa

Resources - Author: ITCILO / Year: 2010

This handbook is intended as a practical guide for members of governing boards of social security organizations in Africa. While the structure and mandate of social security boards varies from country to country, they all have important responsibilities: ensuring that social security contributions are used judiciously for intended purposes,...

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Rights-based Approach to Social Security Coverage Expansion

Resources - Author: Krzysztof Hagemejer / Year: 2009

This chapter presents the vision, originating from International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and recommendations, of the universalization of affordable retirement as part of a wider objective of guaranteeing a basic social security package to all. Both the principles that sustain the vision and issues related to design and implementation...

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Good Governance Guidelines for Social Security Institutions

Resources - Author: ISSA / Year: 2013

The good governance guidelines seek to provide ISSA member organizations with guiding principles and practical guidelines on good governance. The guidelines begin by defining, for the first time, what ISSA means by “good governance”. The governance framework that underpins the guidelines aims to give the user an overview of...

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