Social protection has been on the development agenda for some years now. There is a long, arduous, thorny path to climb to make it a reality on the ground, to render it inclusive, comprehensive and empowering for at least 2 billion people who live in complete daily insecurity. At the level of vision, principles, and policy commitments, however, the social protection discourse has reached new heights over these past months, Gabriele Köhler comments.
There is the notion of transformative and rights-based social protection principles and the case for building systems is now integral to several key development policy statements. Not least influential of these is the new social protection and labour strategy of the World Bank 2012-2022. A new social protection strategy of the European Commission to be agreed later this year, based on a public Consultation, will likely have similar rights-based features ...
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.
The year 2015 was marked on the one hand by the inability of the European Union (EU) to emerge from the crisis, and on the other by a dramatic rise in the number of people taking flight from their homes and from their homelands, because of wars and terrorist attacks, in many cases caused by the destructive policies of the EU and of its member states.
The world economy stumbled in 2015 and only a modest improvement is projected for 2016/17 as a number of cyclical and structural headwinds persist, says the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2016 report. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4% in 2015.
Within a few weeks leftwing governments in Latin America have experienced a breath-taking decline. The Latin American (centre-) left forces suffered several strategic defeats. They occurred in the biggest Latin American economies. First in Argentina, than in Venezuela, and also in Brazil the days of an uncontested majority of left forces are definitely over now.
14 years after their previous strategy on gender mainstreaming, the WBG has decided to develop a new Gender Equality (GE) Strategy. This briefing document presents WIDE+ critical reflections and key recommendations to enhance the new World Bank Group's (WBG) strategy on Gender Equality.