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Social Security Media Monitor

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Social Security Media Monitor

The Social Security Media Monitor offers a selection of social security news articles from media around the world. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the ISSA is not responsible for the content of external sites.

31 January 2020
Social protection in Latin America: One region two systems

socialprotection.org (23.01.2020) Social protection systems in Latin America have experienced deep structural change in the last two decades. Policies, programmes and institutions directed at population groups characterised by low incomes and informal employment have emerged across the region.

27 January 2020
Reaching universal health coverage: a political economy review of trends across 49 countries

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)  Dec 2019 . This paper aims to understand why and how countries provide health coverage, particularly to left-behind groups. To address these questions, we identified 49 geographically, economically and culturally diverse countries that have either achieved universal health coverage (UHC) or have made good progress towards it.

26 January 2020
How do countries fight falling birth rates?

 BBC News (15.01.2020) Russia has promised greater support for parents as the country continues to struggle with a low birth rate.

23 January 2020
Réforme des retraites : les simulations confirment le rôle capital de l’âge pivot

lemonde.fr (21.01.2020) L’analyse des « cas types » par le gouvernement montre que la réforme pénaliserait les départs avant l’âge pivot et profiterait à ceux qui travailleraient plus tard.

21 January 2020
How the youth in Uttar Pradesh are helping the elderly access government welfare schemes, benefits

yourstory.com (17.01.2020) Lack of literacy and complicated documents often hamper financially dependent elderly from accessing government welfare schemes and benefits.

17 January 2020
Putin offered to give out capital for the first child

EastRussia (15.01.2020)  The maternity capital program will be expanded in Russia. It will begin to be issued in full to families after the birth of the first child. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual address to the Federal Assembly.

19 December 2019
Pension schemes in EU show big shortfalls in stress test

 EURACTIV.com (18.12.2019) A stress test of pension schemes across the European Union wiped out €270 billion or almost a quarter of investments at funds that took part, the EU’s insurance and pensions watchdog said on Tuesday (17 December).

13 December 2019
How well are countries doing on universal health coverage? An assessment of 111 countries on UHC Day

December 12 each year is Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. The tradition dates back to 2012 when the United Nations General Assembly unanimously endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage

12 December 2019
French PM Edouard Philippe unveils controversial new pensions system

Euronews (11.12.2019) France's prime minister has vowed to push ahead with controversial reforms to the country's pension system despite crippling strikes

6 December 2019
'I feel more loved.' Autonomy, self-worth and Kenya's universal pension: Summary Report

Development Pathways (Nov 2019) The report focuses on the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ Programme which is a tax-financed benefit-tested social pension that is provided to Kenyans when they reach 70 years of age. By ensuring a universal income guarantee to all of Kenya citizens in old age, the programme represents Kenya’s largest tax-financed social security programme and its first entitlement scheme.

5 December 2019
France: Réforme des retraites, pourquoi c’est si compliqué ?

la-croix.com (01.12.2019) Retour sur les grandes questions qui irriguent le débat sur les retraites.

5 December 2019
Climate change in the Sahel: How can cash transfers help protect the poor?

brookings.edu (04.12.2019) the countries of the Sahel are particularly vulnerable to climate change, undermining their long-term development prospects and the chances of the next generation.

28 November 2019
The ILO’s Global Social Protection Week needs to address austerity, the elephant in the room

Equal Times (21.11.2019) During the week of 25 November, senior government officials, social partners, civil society organisations and representatives of the international community will gather in Geneva to take part in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Social Protection Week.

7 November 2019
Chile's fiery anger fueled by fears of poverty in old age

Reuters (01.11.2019) As over a million people streamed through Santiago’s streets in a series of protest marches last week, one elderly couple stood out from the largely youthful crowd.

29 October 2019
UN Special Rapporteur and rights groups warn of risks from biometrics and AI in welfare systems

Biometric Update (18.10.2019) The potential of biometric ID systems for abuse in some countries is a major threat to individuals, and current practices risk the world “stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia,” according UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston.

24 October 2019
Finnish social minister: Europe needs ‘a paradigm shift’ towards the economy of well-being

euractiv.com (19.08.2019) Working towards a more inclusive economic growth in Europe is one of the Finnish presidency’s main priorities. Finnish minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen lays out her vision for “the economy of well-being”.

22 October 2019
Digital dystopia: how algorithms punish the poor

The Guardian (14.10.2019) In an exclusive global series, the Guardian lays bare the tech revolution transforming the welfare system worldwide – while penalising the most vulnerable

22 October 2019
Here's how Obamacare has changed America

KMIZ (09.07.2019) In the nine years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, it has affected nearly every aspect of the nation's health care system.