Social protection for migrants during the COVID-19 crisis: The right and smart choice

The COVID-19 pandemic and the transmission control measures it has necessitated have migrants_blogabruptly halted the movement of people that characterizes our interconnected world. The implications are enormous for migrants, who rely on working away from home to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Many of them are now in conditions that put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The pandemic is also affecting critical sectors like agriculture where labor shortages are looming.

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With a changing nature of work, a robust set of protections is needed to build and safeguard human capital

Without risk, there’s little reward. This is the gist of dozens of quotes attributable to such 27150956262_6d85daf739_onotable figures as John F. Kennedy and Yo-Yo Ma, Paulo Coelho and Rihanna. Their maxims on life hold true for markets. How can policy help people – particularly people living in poverty or vulnerable to impoverishment who arguably have the most to lose – take risks and reap greater rewards?   For as long as there has been society, risk-sharing has been an essential clause in the social contract. However, in the present period of rapid and fundamental change, this question continues to demand the attention of policy makers.

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Build, Employ and Protect: Using Social Protection to Invest in People in a Changing World

In a small community off the coast of Sierra Leone, Salamatou Bangura often struggled to gil-improving-social-networks-for-ugandan-farmers-feed her children. Though she worked long hours buying and selling seafood from the local fisherman in her village, until recently, it wasn’t enough. “I couldn’t afford to cook every day,” she recalls.

That all changed when she began to receive $10 every month through a social safety net program for extremely poor households. Bangura began using the money to put food on the table, pay school fees, and invest in her business. And when tragedy struck, and the family home burned down, Bangura used the money to rebuild, all the while ensuring that her children remained well-fed and in school.

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eC2: Social Protection and Forced Displacement Research

Deadline: 15-Aug-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)index

The fundamental question to be answered in this exercise is: What are the possible and feasible alternatives and combinations for the alignment of SSN and Humanitarian assistance, what are their potential advantages and disadvantages, under what circumstances, and for what ends, are the various alternative arrangements likely to be most suitable and effective? Develop and validate a model to describe and understand the effectiveness of possible options and entry points for the alignment of SSN and Humanitarian assistance.

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eC2: Social Protection Fund Flow Analysis

Deadline: 22-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) world money small

The objective of this assignment is to map the process and trace the actual flow of funds for select social safety net programs implemented by the Government of Bangladesh, from the central level to the hands of the beneficiaries.

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A glimpse into the future of social protection

Your neighbor drives for a ride-sharing company. Your nephew just joined his third gentilini_figure_1__social_insurance_coveragestart-up.  Your daughter lands a job as a freelance journalist. Your street vendor who sells flowers down the street has been absent due to an illness.

The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment. But as the gig economy, part-time jobs, contracts and other diverse and fluid forms of employment grow, what happens to the protections the traditional job market offered to people and workers?

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