News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

Published:
22 January 2021
Topic:
Human resources management
Innovation capacity
ICT
The technological transition
COVID-19

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the immediate response of governments has been massive in both scale and coverage, to cushion the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic. A raft of emergency measures were urgently implemented including ad hoc income transfers and unemployment

Published:
11 December 2020
Region:
Africa
Topic:
Employment policies
Occupational accidents and diseases
Investment
Social Policies & Programmes

Originally aimed at safeguarding the value of financial assets and ensuring the financial viability and long-term sustainability of pension schemes, investing social security reserve funds has surged to become a core business process in social security administration. At the onset, investment

Published:
2 December 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Pensions
Unemployment
Difficult to cover group
Social assistance
COVID-19

Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing gaps in social security coverage. The crisis' impact is particularly severe in low- and middle-income countries where many workers, especially those in the informal sector, have no access to any form of social protection. The crisis prompted

Published:
27 November 2020
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Unemployment
Employment policies
COVID-19

In Europe, the second wave of the coronavirus has since September prompted the re-introduction of social distancing measures, restrictions to economic activity, telework, curfews and lockdowns. Without certainty on the duration of the health crisis and its knock-on effects on the economy

Published:
18 November 2020
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Difficult to cover group
Bilateral agreement
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed work arrangements. Teleworking has been introduced or expanded around the world to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace. This has also affected frontier workers in the European Union (EU). As they normally work in one country and reside in

Published:
10 November 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Difficult to cover group
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security. However, the realization of the human right to social security remains a declaration of intent rather than an enforceable right for a significant share of the

Published:
4 November 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Health
Medical care
Maternity
Service quality
Social Policies & Programmes
Gender inequalities

Building fairer and more inclusive societies requires reversing the root causes of gender inequality. Access to social security is an important step in this regard, as it promotes the economic empowerment of women. Importantly, social security systems must be designed and delivered in a gender

Published:
28 October 2020
Office:
ISSA European Network
Topic:
ICT
Artificial Intelligence
Service quality

The emerging use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in social security institutions is enabling more proactive and automated social security services. Nevertheless, the application of AI in social security is also challenging, and institutions are defining how they can concretely take the most

Published:
16 October 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
Governance and administration
Human resources management
ICT
Service quality

People and technology sustain business and services. As new information and communication technologies were acquired, social security institutions in the Americas woke early to the efficiencies of blending human skills and digital technologies.

Published:
7 October 2020
Topic:
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

Italy was one of the countries most affected by COVID-19 during the first semester 2020. In addition to a generalized lockdown starting on 10 March, wide-reaching social security measures to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis were implemented. Two early decrees