News and analysis

News and analysis

Published:
18 December 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Migration
Bilateral agreement
COVID-19
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

As we mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, we put attention on how the COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe. A recent report by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) outlined how

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:
10 December 2020
Topic:
Safety and health at work
Difficult to cover group
Bilateral agreement
Policy Analysis

A new article published by the International Social Security Review offers a fascinating analysis of the implementation challenges for seafarers’ social security protection. With national economies increasingly reliant upon global supply chains and an international supply of labour, this article

Published:
3 December 2020
Region:
Americas
Topic:
ISSA institution

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the winner of the record-breaking ISSA Good Practice Award for the Americas competition. The total of 138 entries is the highest ever for any of the regional competitions organized by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) since 2008.

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