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Social Security Media Monitor

The Social Security Media Monitor offers a selection of social security news articles from media around the world. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the ISSA is not responsible for the content of external sites.

5 June 2020
Opinion - An EU minimum income framework is an urgent safety net after Covid-19

EURACTIV.com (04.06.2020) The upcoming German EU presidency intends to take up an initiative for an EU framework for minimum income systems. Shannon Pfohman looks at what this should look like.

5 June 2020
IMF: Why social safety nets should be extended long after lockdown

World Economic Forum (19.06.2020) When the Great Lockdown finally ends, a strong economic recovery that benefits everyone will depend on improved social safety nets and broad-based fiscal support, writes the IMF. From being more generous to the poorest, to helping people find jobs, here are three attributes of a good social safety net.

5 June 2020
Bangladesh : Distributing relief in a pandemic: Lessons learned about digital cash transfers during COVID-19

brac.net (14.05.2020) Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.

4 June 2020
Africa: Examining the Right to Social Protection in COVID-19 Responses

lawafrica.com (May 2020) The purpose of this paper is to examine current state interventions taken to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 using social protection in Uganda in comparison to what is happening in Kenya and South Africa. This paper will also briefly examine the impact of legal framework in supporting the right social protection in COVID-19 responses. Since social protection is wide, the focus shall be on the non-contributory/tax-financed social protection schemes and programs as these relate with supporting rights of the vulnerable sections of the society as opposed to contributory schemes.

4 June 2020
Covid-19 and social protection of poor and vulnerable groups in Latin America: a conceptual framework

latinamerica.undp.org (May 2020) The growing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has dire implications for Latin American societies. As is often the case, the most vulnerable segments of society, especially those living in extreme poverty, are being hit the hardest. This article identifies strategies and specific responses designed to achieve three goals: (1) reduce epidemiological risks to save lives; (2) protect livelihoods; and (3) ensure human capital accumulation. Epidemiological externalities as well as humanitarian concerns demand universal social inclusion. In order to protect the health and lives, livelihoods, and the human capital of the poor and vulnerable, it will be essential to, first, implement targeted and decisive interventions at the local level that go beyond transferring cash; second, allocate adequate amounts of resources to fund income support and these other key interventions; and, third, rely on local actors and grassroots organizations for the interventions to be effective. 

4 June 2020
Across EU, temporary layoff schemes no cure-all in slow COVID recovery

 EURACTIV.com (18.05.2020) Temporary unemployment schemes operating across Europe could struggle to save the jobs of leisure and travel sector workers facing drawn-out or partial recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they help industries that rebound quickly.

1 June 2020
US: How to Improve and Protect Nursing Homes From Outbreaks

The New York Times (22.05.2020) More than a third of America’s Covid-19 deaths can be traced back to these facilities. Experts suggest several ways to make them safer.

28 May 2020
7 ways technology can help the social protection response to COVID-19

Development Pathways (21.04.2020) As the COVID-19 pandemic rages like a wild inferno at a global scale, humanity is neck-deep in responding with every resource, instrument, policy and strategy that is at its disposal.

25 May 2020
Pension payments and pandemics – four potential policy responses

worldbank.org (14.05.2020) The economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is having a major impact on global labor and financial markets – which in turn will have significant effects on pension systems.  Crucially, policy responses will need to strike a balance between the immediate protection of vulnerable groups and ensuring that our pension systems remain able to deliver retirement income in the future as the global population ages. Here, we propose four important policy questions to be considered as governments grapple with this challenge:

25 May 2020
Universal Basic Income is gathering support. Has it ever worked – and could it work in the UK?

nationalgeographic.co.uk (20.05.2020)Spain has just taken the first step towards it. Many feel the UK needs it. So is UBI a Utopian ideal, or a necessary salvation?

25 May 2020
How to finance social protection in developing countries in the age of COVID-19

ILO (13.05.2020) The pandemic has highlighted something that had been almost forgotten by policy makers across the world in the past few decades; the importance of expenditure in public health and social protection systems.

22 May 2020
Supporting livelihoods during the COVID-19 crisis: closing the gaps in safety nets

oecd (20.05.2020) This policy brief discusses the measures countries have taken to support the livelihoods of those who cannot access unemployment benefits or short-term work schemes. It examines the raft of new programmes introduced across the OECD and beyond, including means-tested assistance, new cash transfer schemes, and direct support for those struggling to meet their expenses. It also discusses how to close social protection gaps beyond the crisis to ensure inclusive growth post-COVID-19.Supporting livelihoods during the COVID-19crisis: closing the gaps in safety nets

21 May 2020
France: Une 5e branche de la Sécurité sociale en préparation

Le HuffPost (20.05.2020) Le gouvernement va proposer la création d’une cinquième branche de la Sécurité sociale pour faire face aux dépenses liées à la perte d’autonomie

21 May 2020
Spain set to introduce permanent basic income scheme to rebuild economy post-coronavirus

sbs.com.au (19.05.2020) Up to a million Spanish families could soon receive an ongoing monthly payment to help them through the coronavirus crisis as the country’s government looks set to approve a €3 billion ($A5 billion) basic income scheme. The program, targeting low or no income families, will likely remain beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to push the unemployment rate to more than 20 per cent in the country of almost 47 million people, according to the International Monetary Fund. 

19 May 2020
España: Servicio CASIA para reforzar la atención del RED

seg-social.es (22.04.2020) Para reforzar la atención que se presta al autorizado RED con el fin de proporcionar una asistencia acorde con las necesidades de este colectivo y que potencie la utilización del canal telemático, se ha puesto a disposición de los autorizados RED un nuevo servicio denominado CASIA  (Coordinación, Atención y Soporte Integral al Autorizado RED) que está disponible en la Oficina Virtual del Sistema RED y a través del cual se pueden plantear consultas, comunicar errores o incidencias, así como presentar solicitudes de trámites.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Salario complementario para trabajadores en el sector privado

boletinoficial.gob.ar (20.04.2020) El Decreto 376/2020 sobre el Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia al Trabajo y la Producción estableció un salario complementario correspondiente al mes de febrero, que consiste en una asignación abonada por el Estado Nacional (50%) para los trabajadores y las trabajadoras en relación de dependencia del sector privado.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Cobertura médica para niñas y niños cuya inscripción no pudo finalizarse

boletinoficial.gob.ar (07.04.2020) A través de la resolución 309/2020, el Gobierno Nacional dispone que los hijos de afiliados a Agentes del Seguro de Salud o Entidades de Medicina Prepaga, nacidos a partir del 20 de febrero de 2020 y por los cuales no se haya podido completar el trámite del DNI, sean incorporados de manera provisoria y por el término de hasta 45 días corridos posteriores a la fecha de finalización del período de aislamiento social, preventivo y obligatorio, con la sola acreditación del nacimiento.

10 May 2020
Argentina: El Gobierno amplía a 12 la red nacional de Hospitales Modulares de Emergencia

argentina.gob.ar (03.04.2020) Frente a la Emergencia Sanitaria decretada por el Gobierno Nacional para contener el Coronavirus-COVID 19, el Ministerio de Obras Públicas construirá otros cuatro Hospitales Modulares de Emergencia, ampliando la red nacional de 8 a un total de 12.

10 May 2020
Argentina: Refuerzos en la política alimentaria

argentina.gob.ar (17.03.2020) Se estableció un incremento de las partidas para la asistencia alimentaria en comedores escolares, comedores comunitarios y merenderos. “Es un refuerzo presupuestario adicional sobre la base de que estamos trabajando para ir a un esquema de viandas o de entrega de módulos alimentarios para evitar el traslado de personas, y de acuerdo a las maneras y particularidades de cada provincia”, explicó el ministro. También se incrementó la frecuencia de la distribución de la Tarjeta Alimentar de cada tres semanas a semanalmente.

8 May 2020
Covid-19 and social protection needs: who are the most vulnerable?

Institute of Development Studies (07.05.2020) Covid-19 has created a multi-layered crisis in societies across the world. Apart from the devastating direct effects of the pandemic on those infected and their families, health systems, economies, education, social life and psychological wellbeing have all been compromised. Covid-19 exacerbates pre-existing vulnerabilities (‘Covid-intensified’) and creates new vulnerabilities (‘Covid-specific’). Groups who are vulnerable to the secondary economic impacts include: urban informal workers, rural agricultural households, migrants, International Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees, pastoralists and children.