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Why We Need Social Protection

Resources - Author: Chad Anderson, Stephen Kidd, Thérèse Björk / Year: 2018

This policy guide, developed by ESCAP together with Development Pathways, explains the basic principles of social protection and the impact it can have on poverty reduction, social cohesion, economic growth and the environment. It shows how investing in inclusive social protection can accelerate progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development...

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Exclusion by Design: an assessment of the effectiveness of the proxy means test poverty targeting mechanism (ESS Working Paper No. 56)

Resources - Author: Bjorn Gelders, Diloá Bailey-Athias, Stephen Kidd / Year: 2017

This paper assesses the effectiveness of the proxy means test (PMT) targeting methodology. It brings together international evidence to show that it is both inaccurate and arbitrary. The mechanism suffers from high in-built design errors, additional errors introduced during implementation, and infrequent surveys, meaning that it cannot respond to...

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BOLSA unFAMILIAr

Resources - Author: Karishma Huda, Stephen Kidd / Year: 2013

This short paper aims to answer this question by assessing the evidence on Brazil’s social security system. It will examine the beneficiary numbers, budgets, levels of benefits and, importantly, impacts and coverage of the main social security schemes in Brazil. This paper will reveal that the real hero driving...

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Establishing Comprehensive National Old Age Pension Systems

Resources - Author: Stephen Kidd /

This paper discusses the policy options available to developing countries committed to offering universal pension coverage and maximising the incomes of older people. It presents a basic model of a pension system comprising up to three tiers that can be adapted to the circumstances of all countries. The model...

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Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance

Resources - Author: Bjorn Gelders, Carol Watson, Gabrielle Smith, Jonathan Sibley, Stephen Kidd, Tareq Abu-el-Haj / Year: 2015

Despite Fiji’s status as a middle-income country, a high proportion of children live in poor and income-insecure families. The Department of Social Welfare administers several social transfer schemes for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, including the Care and Protection Allowance for children. This report examines levels of child...

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