e-GCSPF #83 - March 2023

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e-GCSPF #83 - March 2023

GCSPF at the Development Cooperation Forum

Barry Herman made an intervention on behalf of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, a member of the GCSPF and also on behalf of the GCSPF at the UN's Development Cooperation Forum.

The UN's Development Cooperation Forum that met at ministerial level on 14-15 March 2023 in New York, included a session on "Building momentum for effective social protection measures." Read the statement

Report “Expanding Global Social Protection. Options for the Design of an International Financing Mechanism”

The Report “Expanding Global Social Protection. Options for the Design of an International Financing Mechanism>” by Markus Kaltenborn was published by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. on February 2023.

A solidarity-based Global Fund for Social Protection must meet certain criteria to respond adequately to the challenges of global poverty and inequality. Key requirements include compliance with the country-ownership principle in the allocation of funds and a governance structure oriented toward equal decision-making power for the partner countries. Both Financial Intermediary Funds and UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds are suitable in principle for such a new financing mechanism, whereas the World Bank Trust Fund model is not to be recommended in this respect.  Read more

Webinar on Taxing the Informal Economy: Policy, Evidence and Lessons for the Future

In the wake of the pandemic, low- and middle-income countries are facing increasing pressures to improve domestic resource mobilisation. Since many of these countries have large informal economies, increasing the tax contributions of the informal sector has become a popular policy choice. Many of these taxes fall within the category of ‘presumptive taxes’ since the earnings of informal sector workers are not easily identifiable. However, there are many unanswered questions about presumptive tax regimes but little data.
This webinar presents the results of two recent studies on presumptive tax regimes and on the tax contributions of informal sector workers in Accra, Ghana.
Date: 4 April, 2023 - Time: 3 pm CET - Registration link - Read the publication

More than a billion reasons: The urgent need to build universal social protection for children

This second joint ILO-Unicef report on social protection for children outlines the devastating impact of a lack of social protection on child poverty, health, education, nutrition, child marriage and child labour.
This new joint report provides a global overview of recent developments in social protection systems for children, including social protection floors, and covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Report "World Employment and Social Outlook 2023: The value of essential work"

The report "World Employment and Social Outlook 2023: The value of essential work", underscores the extent to which economies and societies depend on key workers, and also how they are undervalued. The poor working conditions of key workers exacerbate employee turnover and labour shortages, jeopardizing the provision of basic services. Improvements in working conditions and greater investment in food systems, health care and other key sectors are necessary for building economic and social resilience to shocks, the report says. Read more

SP&PFM e-News - February 2023

Welcome to the February 2023 SP&PFM e-News! This newsletter communicates about ongoing activities and results from the Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management programme (SP&PFM). SP&PFM is a joint collaboration between the EU, ILO, UNICEF and the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors (GCSPF), which provides medium and shorter-term support to 24 countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems and ensure their sustainable financing. Read more
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Civil Society Call for a Global Fund for Social Protection

Civil society organizations and trade unions unite to call for a Global Fund for Social Protection to protect the most vulnerable during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Social Security for All


Civil society organizations and trade unions call governments and international financial institutions to make a commitment to create social security systems that enable everyone to realize their rights. Governments and financial institutions should end policies that have been failing millions of people.
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SP&PFM Programme

The programme Improving Synergies Between Social Protection and Public Finance Management provided medium-term support to multiple countries aiming to strengthen their social protection systems at a national level and ensure sustainable financing. The programme aimed to support countries in their efforts towards achieving universal social protection coverage.

This initiative was implemented jointly by the ILO, Unicef, and the GCSPF.

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