Social protection has become a key area of policy interest on the international development agenda. Developing countries and donors alike are promoting social protection as a prominent policy intervention. And indeed, if social protection complements policies directed at increasing and improving employment and decent work, and at sustaining and improving the delivery of social services, notably health and education, it can be an enabler for development. This additionality is prerequisite to the arguments put forward in this note. By Gabriele Köhler
Social protection, defined as comprising contributory social security and tax-financed social protection (figure) has a long history in South Asia. In the formal sector, all countries have well-established social security systems, often introduced at the time of independence or even before. There is also a plethora of social assistance initiatives... ... this article comes up in WDEV 6/Nov-Dec 2009 is for subscribers only. For direct log in >>> click here.If you have no subscription please >>> pick your option or >>>
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.
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