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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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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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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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Access to information and transparency

Transparency, accountability and reliability have become universally recognized key operational principles for the good governance of public administration in general, and social protection systems in particular. Transparency refers to the requirement that public bodies disclose information and records of their operations, accountability means that processes should be in place...

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Access to information about beneficiaries to ensure social accountability of state decisions

Legal depository - Country: Argentina / Body: Argentina - Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación), Supreme Courts / Year: 2014

Summary: CIPPEC (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento ) has been denied access to information concerning the beneficiaries of subsidies and social cash transfer programs in 2006 and 2007. The Supreme Court considered that accessing such data has a clear public interest, since it enables...

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