e-GCSPF News #86 - May 2023

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e-GCSPF #86 - May 2023

Statement on the development of a new international financing mechanism for social protection

The GCSPF acknowledges recent initiatives taken by the ILO, World Bank, and other development cooperation partners to direct greater international financing towards supporting social protection programs in the context of the ILO Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection.
Such efforts could be a first step towards the creation of an international financing mechanism on social protection, or Global Social Protection Fund, long-promoted by the GCSPF as necessary in order to mobilise and coordinate international financial assistance in order to truly support the development of universal social protection systems, particularly in the global south.
The GCSPF wishes to underline some key specific criteria that need to be met by any kind of international financing mechanism that would be developed. Read more

Webinar "Global Social Security and its Links to Active Labour Market Policies in a Post-COVID World"

The Social Policy Initiative (SPI) Virtual Webinar "Global Social Security and its Links to Active Labour Market Policies in a Post-COVID World" will take place on May 23, 2023 at 11:00am – 12:30pm (SAST).
SPI is launching an international comparision of social security initiatives and measures developed by countries in response to Covid-19. Speakers: Nicola Yon (NSSA), Laura Alfers (WIEGO), Gunnel Axelsson Nyacander (ACT Church of Sweden).

USP2030 & SPPFM technical exchange on extending social protection to the informal economy

The SP&PFM Programme and the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (USP2030) hosted an online technical exchange on extending social protection to workers in the informal economy.
The event featured interactions between practitioners and experts on policy orientations, lessons learned and country experiences in designing strategies and lifting barriers to extend coverage to the 2 billion workers currently in informal employment. Read moreWatch the video

Pune Waste Pickers’ Innovative Efforts to Fund the Extension of Decent Work and Social Protection

Underinvestment and structural exclusions in social protection have never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. A challenge is the belief that employer contributions to the financing of social protection are not possible in the informal economy.
Taking inspiration from India’s long experience with welfare boards, which provide social protection for self-employed workers and are generally financed by economic actors who benefit from their labour, informal workers’ organizations in Pune are exploring innovative approaches to forging relationships with entities outside the typical frameworks of employment to gain additional financing for social protection.
This report by Poornima Chikarmane was published by WIEGO. Read more

2023 SASPEN International Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts

The Southern African Social Protection Experts' Network in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity and other cooperating partners, will be hosting the 2023 International Annual SASPEN Conference themed, "A Decade of Social Protection with SASPEN: Taking Stock to Inform Social Protection Systems' Strengthening in the SADC. The conference will be held in Mauritius from 24 - 26 October, 2023. SASPEN invites abstract submissions and the deadline is 30 June, 2023. Read more

The Rise of Social Protection in the Global South: The Role of Foreign Aid

Aid targeted at supporting social protection has historically captured a very small fraction (about 2 per cent) of total global aid budgets, although in absolute terms they increased by approximately 60 per cent between 1995–99 and 2015–19. This EBA Report (by Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Ana Horigoshi, Alma Santillán Hernández and Ernesto Tiburcio) demonstrates that, while international aid has contributed to the expansion of social safety net programmes in poor countries, the share of aid that is targeted towards social protection has decreased globally. Furthermore, it has not always been allocated to countries with the greatest needs. Read more

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