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02/06/2020

 Our blogger, Shahra Razavi, is the director of the Social Protection Department at the International Labour Organization (ILO). This blog was originally written for the Social Protection Department at the ILO, you can read the original blog here.    The idea that societies can be secure by relying on individualised market-based provision for those who can afford...

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Economic recovery begins with children (and older people, and people with disabilities): The urge for universal lifecycle cash transfers as a response to COVID-19

This blog was originally written for socialprotection.org and can be found here. Our guest blogger, Louise Moreira Daniels, is Chief of Social Policy at UNICEF Sri Lanka. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm of crises in countries around the world: exports have fallen dramatically; some specific sectors, like the tourism industry,...

15/05/2020

The global ravages of NOFUD-28

Our blogger, Nicholas Freeland, is an independent consultant in social protection and a Senior Associate of Development Pathways. Nicholas is a frequent contributor of blogs and papers for Development Pathways.  COVID-19 is dangerous. But it is nowhere near as dangerous as having No Food to Eat (NOFUD-28). In the five months...

13/05/2020

Now, more than ever, human rights considerations are vital for social protection responses to COVID-19

This blog was originally written for The Global Initiative For Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Read the original blog here. Our blogger, Alexandra Barrantes, is a Senior Social Policy Specialist for Development Pathways. Never has the need for a human rights-based approach to Social Protection been more urgent as in times of COVID-19. This...

01/05/2020

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

Our blogger, Richard Chirchir, is a Director and Senior Management Information System Specialist for Development Pathways. 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. We have all witnessed...

21/04/2020

COVID-19: are we all in the same boat?

Our blogger, Alexandra Barrantes, is a Senior Social Policy Specialist for Development Pathways.   National debates around social protection and welfare provision have long been permeated by the discourse on deservingness, dividing the scene between high and middle-income earners (the yacht owners and cruise goers) who “contribute” to society through...

16/04/2020

COVID-19’s total burden of disease extends beyond those who get sick, and this has potentially deadly consequences for women and girls.

This guest blog was written by Julia Zulver, Tara Patricia Cookson, Lorena Fuentes, Alejandra Vera and Jackeline Alba from Ladysmith.  A team of feminist researchers guided by the principle “no research about us, without us,” they help international organisations collect, analyse and take action on gender data.  Governments around the...

06/04/2020

Is the World Bank’s report on Universal Basic Income taking universality seriously?

The World Bank recently published a report on Universal Basic Income. In her comments, Gunnel Axelsson Nycander appreciates several aspects of the report, but also points at issues that are missing. The World Bank is not known for promoting universal social protection. Rather, it is seen as one of the...

16/03/2020

How can social protection safeguard children from climate change?

Our guest blogger, David Stewart, is Chief of Child Poverty and Social Protection at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. In his role, he leads UNICEF’s global advocacy on child poverty and social protection, including chairing the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty. While it’s hard to be precise, the world...

06/02/2020

Gates-for-all by the year 2025? Let us kick-start a Global Fund for Social Protection by crowdfunding

Our guest blogger, Michael Cichon, is the former Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department and led the creation of the Social Protection Floor. He is still actively engaged in providing advice on social security globally. At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, we still have...

30/01/2020