David Hillson

Social Policy Specialist

David has professional experience working in the education, government and NGO sectors and an academic background in the political sciences with an MA in Human Rights and International Relations. He works across teams leading and providing support for our research, analysis and publications. He is currently pursuing his doctorate on the potential of child benefits within transitional justice programmes.

David Hillson's Work

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Situational Analysis of Persons with Disabilities in Uganda

This report provides an overview of the vulnerabilities and risks that persons with disabilities, and their caregivers, face across their lifecycle in Uganda.

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COVID-19, the social contract and the need for a new normal for social protection

Our Social Policy Specialist David Hillson takes a look at the recent historical role of the social contract in social protection within the context of COVID-19.

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ODI discussion argues that “now is the time” for universal child benefits 

The evidence is now clear, and the COVID-19 crisis has only made it more pressing that “now is the time” for universal child benefits – this was the message offered from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) webinar on the subject last week.

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Reversal of years of international cooperation and domestic investment in social policy expenditure marks a worrying trend in Brazil 

Brazil’s recent political history has seen a reversal of the direction of travel of its progressive role, internationally, and domestically, regarding its spending on social policy. This is the claim made in a recent article focusing on Brazil’s political and economic experiences and fiscal tightening since 2016.  

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COVID-19 provokes a surge in unemployment benefit claims in the UK, with claimants encountering a system that is “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and the “second harshest in the world” 

The unprecedented, rapid levels of global unemployment resulting from COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions saw huge pressures put on social protection systems worldwide. In the UK, claimants for the Universal Credit benefit reached record levels during the lockdown months of April and May.

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