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The Future of Food and Agriculture: trends and challenges

Resources - Year: 2017

The report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be done. What emerges is that “business as usual” is no...

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Movilización de Recursos Domésticos, Desarrollo Social y Cambio Institucional: Descentralización y Autonomías Municipales en Bolivia

Resources - Author: Wilson Jiménez / Year: 2017

El presente documento analiza la movilización de recursos domésticos para el desarrollo social  desde  la  perspectiva  de  los  gobiernos  municipales  en  Bolivia.  Luego  de  dos décadas  de  descentralización  y seis años  de  autonomías,  las  brechas  sociales  entre municipios  siguen  siendo  profundas  y  se  explican,  en  parte,  por  la  debilidad ...

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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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HIV Care and Support

Resources - Year: 2016

The purpose of this document is to: Describe what HIV care and support is. Describe the purpose of care and support in the context of the 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection. Illustrate how care and...

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Social Protection Assessment-Based National Dialogue: A global guide

Resources - Year: 2015

This guide is a unique resource package that aims to provide the necessary knowledge and expertise for conducting assessment based national dialogue (ABND) exercises, which are the first steps towards the implementation of nationally defined social protection floors. Designed by practitioners for practitioners, it is based on real country...

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Income Security for Older Persons in the Republic of Korea

Resources - Author: Sukmyung Yun / Year: 2015

This project working paper discusses the prevailing system of income security for older persons in the Republic of Korea with regards to coverage, beneficiaries, and sustainability. It also discusses recently undertaken reforms of the income security system with regards to their budgetary implications. After the introduction of a mandatory...

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Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Resources - Author: Dunja Krause, Ilcheong Yi, Katja Hujo, Pascal van Griethuysen, Peter Utting / Year: 2016

World leaders have committed to transform our world and to leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? Which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and...

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Social Protection Floor Index: Monitoring national social protection policy implementation

Resources - Author: Annalena Oppel, Michael Cichon, Mira Bierbaum, Sander Tromp / Year: 2016

At the 101st International Labour Conference in 2012, 184 members unanimously adopted the Social Protection Floors (SPFs) Recommendation No. 202, which provides guidance to members for establishing and maintaining SPFs as a core element of their national social security systems, guaranteeing access to essential health care and a basic...

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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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Policy Perspective: Linking Social Protection and Human Rights

Resources - Year: 2016

How can governments fulfil their obligation to provide social protection and respect the rights of all? Andrés Scagliola from the Government of the City of Montevideo, Uruguay, describes his experience developing and implementing policy that safeguards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people’s right to 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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Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Poverty: A handbook for implementing the UN guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights

Resources - Author: Alison Graham, Francesca Restifo, Janet Nelson / Year: 2015

The purpose of this handbook is to assist those working directly with people living in extreme poverty to understand the latter’s situation from a human rights perspective, and to suggest actions that can be taken with local governments and other sectors of society to ensure that their rights are...

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Can Emergency Cash Transfers ‘Piggyback’ on Existing Social Protection Programmes?

Resources - Author: Paul Harvey, Rachel Slater, Sarah Bailey / Year: 2015

This background note focuses on the current discussion among actors in the humanitarian and social protection sectors regarding the use of existing social protection programmes to provide an emergency response. It outlines the overlaps between social protection and humanitarian responses, considers a range of recent examples from low- and...

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Mutual Reinforcement of the Human Right to Social Protection and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

Expert commentaries - Date: 16 October 2015 / Author: Juliet Willetts

The rights to social protection and water and sanitation can and should be mutually reinforcing, particularly if the linkages are made explicit. Such linkages include both consideration of access to water and sanitation in the design of social protection systems, as well as explicit recognition of the human right...

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The Right to Adequate Food (Fact Sheet No. 34)

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than one billion people are undernourished. Over two billion suffer from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in their food. Nearly six million children die every year from malnutrition or related diseases, that is about...

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Policy Paper on Social Protection

Resources - Author: Andrew Shepherd, Armando Barrientos, Rachel Marcus / Year: 2004

Social protection is an important dimension in the reduction of poverty and multidimensional deprivation. It is an approach towards thinking about the processes, policies and interventions which respond to the economic, social, political and security risks and constraints poor and vulnerable people face, and which will make them less...

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Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

Resources - Author: James Heintz, Laura Turquet, Papa Seck, Shahra Razavi, Silke Staab / Year: 2015

Twenty years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and at a time when the global community is defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, the international consensus on the need to achieve gender equality seems stronger than ever before. Empowering women and...

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Social Protection in Fragile States: Lessons learned

Resources - Author: Paul Harvey / Year: 2009

How can social protection best be achieved in situations of fragility? This paper argues that while the objectives for social protection in fragile states are essentially the same as in development contexts, social protection instruments, financing and delivery need to be adapted. In order to scale up social protection...

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Austerity measures that contravene Conventions by reducing social protection and increasing poverty in Greece

Legal depository - Country: Greece / Body: ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations / Year: 2014

Recalling previous recommendations, the Committee observed that the austerity measures in conjunction with the continuous contractions of the economy, employment and public finances posed a threat to the viability of the Greek national social security system, resulting in the impoverishment of the population, thus undermining the application of all...

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