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News and analysis

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:
27 October 2020
Topic:
Health
Employment
Occupational accidents and diseases
Governance and administration
Social Policies & Programmes

In these extraordinary times, the International Social Security Review has released a new special issue that offers a timely opportunity to consider the important relationship linking social security, inclusive growth and social cohesion

Published:
9 October 2020
Office:
BRICS
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Social Policies & Programmes
ISSA institution
Digital economy

The COVID-19 crisis is driving rapid transformation and innovation in the labour market, social security and occupational safety and health. At today’s Sixth BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) emphasised the need to take advantage of

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

Published:
17 July 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks &extreme events
COVID-19

To mitigate the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis, a significant number of countries have introduced temporary cash transfers to population groups in, or at risk of, poverty. These payments have responded to the specific needs of these vulnerable groups who are immediately affected by a reduction

Published:
9 July 2020
Region:
North Africa
Topic:
Governance and administration
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks &extreme events
COVID-19

North African countries reacted quite swiftly to the spread of the coronavirus. They declared national states of emergency, imposed widespread lockdowns and closed their borders from the very first cases of infection. Systems for testing and systematically monitoring confirmed cases were also put in

Published:
2 July 2020
Topic:
Migration
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks &extreme events
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy toll on migrant workers around the globe, who are particularly vulnerable in terms of social protection coverage, and assistance is required from origin, transit and destination countries. While the specific type of support is linked to various factors, most

Published:
1 July 2020
Region:
Africa
Topic:
Old age Pensions
Governance and administration
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
ISSA institution

The 2020 ISSA Good Practice Award for Africa competition set new bars for the ISSA. The 97 entries and 36 participating social security institutions are the highest numbers ever. This is a clear attestation to the steadfast commitment of African members of the International Social Security

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

Malta implemented early measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and flatten the curve. Preparedness, physical isolation and quarantine, alongside a comprehensive programme of testing and contact tracing, allowed Malta to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In addition to these public health