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COVID-19 Recovering Rights: Topic Seven | Income Support to Protect Rights

Resources - Year: 2020

Main Takeaways Urgent measures are necessary to provide sufficient income to millions of people who cannot work due to pandemicrelated restrictions, so that they can still meet their basic needs. Many of these workers lack social and labor protections.  Basic income schemes vary in type, design and implementation. Those...

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Measuring financing gaps in social protection for achieving SDG target 1.3. Global estimates and strategies for developing countries

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2019

The paper provides regional and global estimates of the costs and financing gaps of target 1.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to social protection and analyses a number of options for filling those financing gaps in the developing countries using domestic and external resources. The paper considers...

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ILO Resource Package on “Extending Social Security to Workers in the Informal Economy”

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2019

The ILO policy resource package “Extending social security to workers in the informal economy: Lessons from international experience” serves as a reference for policy makers, workers’ and employers’ organizations and other stakeholders engaged in the development of social protection strategies, or the planning, design, implementation and monitoring of systems and...

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Universal social protection for human dignity, social justice and sustainable development: General Survey concerning the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202)

Resources - Author: ILO / Year: 2019

The ILO’s General Survey 2019 , compiled by the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR). The Survey (published under the title Universal social protection for human dignity, social justice and sustainable development) focuses on the ILO’s Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), which calls for...

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Beyond a Production- and Productivity-Centred View on Technological Progress

Expert commentaries - Date: 28 March 2019 / Author: Ilcheong Yi

Technology is an important means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, SDG Targets 17.6,1 17.72 and 17.83 highlight the importance of transferring and diffusing technology and skills from developed to developing countries. The research, development, deployment and widespread distribution...

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Why Human Rights-Based Social Protection is Needed in Climate Change Responses: A Just Transition

Expert commentaries - Date: 21 March 2019 / Author: Dunja Krause

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, is a powerful reminder of the need for rapid climate action a transition towards low-carbon development to prevent catastrophic climate change. As each new assessment of climate change’s impacts and risks reveals more alarming information than the...

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Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the Middle East and North Africa Region

Resources - Author: Raquel Tebaldi / Year: 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is confronted by significant challenges resulting from multiple shocks and complex emergencies: countries in the region face various risks in terms of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods and drought; violent conflicts, such as in Syria, pose unprecedented challenges related to the...

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Social Panorama of Latin America 2018

Resources - Year: 2019

El Panorama Social 2018 analiza temas cruciales para entender y actuar ante los desafíos estructurales que enfrentan los países de América Latina y el Caribe en la actual coyuntura económica y social, especialmente en el marco de las transformaciones en curso en los mercados de trabajo. Incluye nuevas revisiones...

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Public Good or Private Wealth? — Executive Summary

Resources - Author: Anam Parvez Butt, Anna Marriott, Didier Jacobs, Ellen Ehmke, Francesca Rhodes, Jaime Atienza, Julie Seghers, Man-Kwun Chan, Max Lawson, Rebecca Gowland / Year: 2019

Our economy is broken, with hundreds of millions of people living in extreme poverty while huge rewards go to those at the very top. The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis and their fortunes grow by $2.5bn a day, yet the super-rich and corporations are paying...

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Public Good or Private Wealth?

Resources - Author: Anam Parvez Butt, Anna Marriott, Didier Jacobs, Ellen Ehmke, Francesca Rhodes, Jaime Atienza, Julie Seghers, Man-Kwun Chan, Max Lawson, Rebecca Gowland / Year: 2019

Our economy is broken, with hundreds of millions of people living in extreme poverty while huge rewards go to those at the very top. The number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis and their fortunes grow by $2.5bn a day, yet the super-rich and corporations are paying...

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The Humanitarian Metadata Problem: “Doing no harm” in the digital era

Resources - Author: Ailidh Callandar, Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Dr Gus Hosein, Dr Tom Fisher, Ed Geraghty, Tina Bouffet / Year: 2018

New technologies continue to present great risks and opportunities for humanitarian action. To ensure that their use does not result in any harm, humanitarian organisations must develop and implement appropriate data protection standards, including robust risk assessments. However, this requires a good understanding of what these technologies are, what...

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Mapping Just Transition(s) to a Low-Carbon World

Resources - Author: Diego Azzi, Dimitris Stevis, Dunja Krause, Edouard Morena, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Nicole Helmerich, Rebecca Shelton, Vivian Price / Year: 2018

Just Transition—the idea that justice and equity must form an integral part of the transition towards a low-carbon world—is increasingly being mobilized both to counter the idea that protecting the environment and protecting jobs are incompatible, and to broaden the debate to justice-related issues such as the kinds of...

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The Role of Cash Transfers in Social Protection, Humanitarian Response and Shock- Responsive Social Protection

Resources - Author: Daniel Longhurst, Keetie Roelen, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler / Year: 2018

Cash transfers have expanded rapidly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) around the world in the past decade. The contexts in which they are implemented have also diversified; while cash transfers were mostly adopted initially as central elements of social protection systems, they have become increasingly popular as a...

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Social Protection and Humanitarian Response: What is the Scope for Integration?

Resources - Author: Martina Ulrichs, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler / Year: 2018

Given the rise in humanitarian emergencies triggered by climate-related risks and conflict, often in contexts of chronic poverty and vulnerability, the international community is calling for the better integration of short-term humanitarian assistance and longer-term development interventions. In this context, social protection is increasingly portrayed as a policy tool...

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Are Human Rights Relevant to Economic Inequality? A response through the lens of social protection

Expert commentaries - Date: 7 November 2018 / Author: Ignacio Saiz, Kate Donald

In recent months, a debate has flared in academic and philanthropy circles around the extent to which the human rights framework can serve to challenge rising economic inequality. Naysayers can be found on different sides of the ideological spectrum. Some, such as Yale historian Samuel Moyn, argue that the...

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Universal Basic Income

Resources - Year: 2018

Universal basic income refers to unconditional cash transfers to everyone in a society regardless of their income, employment status, job search, or other key criteria. The concept differs from traditional forms of social protection, which tend to provide income support or services to people experiencing specific contingencies, i.e., due...

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The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2018: A global ranking of governments based on what they are doing to tackle the gap between rich and poor

Resources - Author: Matthew Martin, Max Lawson / Year: 2018

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality under Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting SDG 1 to eliminate poverty will be impossible. In 2017, Development Finance International (DFI) and Oxfam produced the first index to measure the commitment of...

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Human Rights, Sustainable Development and Climate Policies: Connecting the Dots

Resources - Year: 2018

This Toolbox aims to help civil society promote an integrated and coherent human rights-based approach to sustainable development, poverty eradication and environmental justice by: Highlighting the importance of rights-based monitoring of sustainable development/climate change policies and how violations of human rights can harm or hinder the implementation of SDGs...

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Material Hardship among Nonelderly Adults and Their Families in 2017: Implications for the Safety Net

Resources - Author: Dulce Gonzalez, Michael Karpman, Stephen Zuckerman / Year: 2018

Federal and state policymakers are weighing changes to federal programs that help low-income people meet their basic needs for food, medical care, and shelter. As policymakers consider these changes to the public safety net, they run the risk of increasing material hardship, which could have detrimental short- and long-term...

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A contemporary view of ‘family’ in international human rights law and implications for the SDGs

Resources - Author: Magdalena Sepúlveda / Year: 2018

This paper examines the interplay between the obligations related to the ‘family’ that States have assumed through various human rights treaties adopted over the decades, and the recent commitments undertaken under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. International human rights instruments recognize the ‘family; as the fundamental unit of society...

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