Childcare for Working Mothers: why is it not prominent on the international development agenda?

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

Increasingly, developed countries are recognising that free childcare needs to play a prominent role in employment and social protection policy. For example:

  • From August this year, all German children will have the right to a place in day-care to enable their mothers to ...

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The End of Welfare States?

In this guest blog, Francine Mestrum, Network Coordinator for Global Social Justice, discusses the European Council’s recent meeting in June 2013, where social protection is seen as a tool to develop human capital and drive economic growth- Is this the end of the welfare state in Europe?

In December 2012, the European ...

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Pro-Poor Policies and the Rise of an Alienated Middle Class in Developing Countries

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

From Turkey to Brazil, the middle class are out on the streets protesting. In a thought-provoking article, Francis Fukuyama argues that the cause of these protests is a growing middle class with aspirations that are not being ...

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The Ghosts of User Fees Past: exploring accountability for victims of a 30-year economic policy mistake

In this guest blog, Rick Rowden, doctoral candidate in Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses the World Bank’s health user fees and what the recent change in direction from the World Bank could mean for those affected by this policy. 

On May 21st, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s speech at the World Health Assembly in Geneva was notable for his sharp condemnation of ...

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Thailand’s Old Age Pension: an example of the importance of good quality analysis

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

I recently come across a draft report by the World Bank on Thailand’s old age pension system. The report states it is for consultation, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide a few thoughts and helpfully point out ...

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Means-testing the UK’s Winter Fuel Allowance: how does this contribute to our understanding of the political economy of social security?

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

The UK’s Labour Party has recently responded to the Conservative – or in theory, Coalition – government’s attacks on the social security system by trying to prove they can be even tougher. To prove it, they’ve decided to go after one of the UK’s few remaining inclusive ...

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The ADB’s Social Protection Index: what does it really tell us about social security provision in Asia?

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

 The recent release of the Asian Development Bank’s Social Protection Index (SPI) has generated much interest; it even merited a story in the Economist newspaper. However, little attention has been paid to the SPI’s definition of ...

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Is Latin America Transitioning from Poor Relief CCTs to a More Progressive and Inclusive Vision of Social Security?

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

Despite all the hype around poor relief conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America, the ideology underpinning social protection in the continent is shifting. While CCTs are targeted at the poor – with the result that the majority of the poor are excluded (see here for an  ...

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Social Security and the Growth of the Precariat

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

Guy Standing makes a lot of sense in a recent article he wrote for the Guardian. He argues that successive British governments have created a precariat, a growing sector of the population with minimal job security ...

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The rise and rise of neo-liberal social protection

The Just KIDDing blog is Dr. Stephen Kidd’s take on key issues in social policy in international development

Monday 1st April was not only April Fool’s day; it was also the day chosen by the British government to make the most drastic changes to the UK’s social security system in decades, throwing many poor people into even deeper poverty. People with disabilities were the hardest hit: ...

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