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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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Perspectives on tax reform in Brazil

Resources - Author: Marc Morgan / Year: 2019

There is no question that the salience of tax reform in Brazil is high. It has become common to point out the country’s low quality of public services and high level of taxes, at least from the view of the country’s “middle class” and poorer income groups. In this...

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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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International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy

Resources - Year: 2019

Drug control intersects with much of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Member State pledge to leave no one behind. In line with the 2030 Agenda, the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, the International Guidelines on...

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Gender and age-responsive social protection: The potential of cash transfers to advance adolescent rights and capabilities

Resources - Author: Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Muriel Kahane, Nicola Jones / Year: 2019

Adolescence is recognized as a window of opportunity for offsetting childhood disadvantage and altering life trajectories. With more than one billion adolescents in the world, and many countries in the Global South experiencing a youth bulge, there is increasing urgency for national governments and donors to provide greater support,...

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Social Protection in Asia and the Pacific: Inventory of non-contributory programmes

Resources - Year: 2019

Social protection programmes are now widely recognised as key policy instruments for developing countries to combat poverty. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has explicitly recognised the importance of implementing “nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors” as an explicit target under Sustainable Development Goal...

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Realizing Children’s Right to Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa: a compendium of UNICEF’s contributions

Resources - Author: Edward Archibald / Year: 2019

This Compendium documents the broad range of UNICEF’s social protection interventions in MENA from 2014-2017. The Compendium illustrates how UNICEF has worked hand in hand with partner governments in both humanitarian and development settings and succeeded in reaching the most vulnerable children with social protection mechanisms. Thetimeframe selected represents UNICEF’s previous global Strategic Plan, which...

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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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How Secure Is Employment at Older Ages?

Resources - Author: Peter Gosselin, Richard W. Johnson / Year: 2018

Tracking older adults in the Health and Retirement Study from 1992 to 2016, we find that about one-half of full-time, full-year workers ages 51 to 54 experience an employer-related involuntary job separation after age 50 that substantially reduces earnings for years or leads to long-term unemployment. The steady earnings...

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The State of Social Enterprises in Sri Lanka

Resources - Year: 2018

This report presents the findings of a recent study on social enterprises in Sri Lanka. The study used a combination of desk research, interviews with expert stakeholders and a survey of social enterprises, which engaged representatives from a diverse range of industries and sectors across the country. For the...

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The State of Social Enterprise in Kenya

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In Kenya, where the youth unemployment rate is 25 per cent, 65 per cent of all social enterprises seek to create employment opportunities and the sector provides significant leadership opportunities for young people and women. Moreover, one in ten Kenyan social enterprise operates...

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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 Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers

Resources - Author: Lutz Leisering / Year: 2018

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) proclaimed the equality of all human beings in dignity and rights. The right to social security, however, has been taken more seriously only since the 2000s, through calls for ‘Social Security for All’ and ‘Leaving no-one behind’. The book investigates a major...

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Social Protection, Food Security and Nutrition in Six African Countries

Resources - Author: Jonas Nzabamwita, Stephen Devereux / Year: 2018

Evaluations of social protection interventions across Africa often register significant success in improving household food security indicators, but little or no improvement in individual nutritional outcomes. One reason is under-coverage of poor people; another is the low value of social transfers. This paper reviews experiences with social protection in...

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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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