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:
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:
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:
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:
27 May 2020
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
Digital economy

The future of work is a challenge for social security systems around the world. While participation in platform work or the “gig economy” is still relatively small – approximately one per cent of the global adult population – this is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.  The risk is

Published:
9 April 2020
Topic:
Employment
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The self-employed are a key pillar of economic activity in many countries. While often belonging to lower income groups, their social security protection is usually significantly less comprehensive than the one provided to employees. Due to the coronavirus crisis, many governments have taken

Published:
27 November 2019
Topic:
Employment
Extension of coverage
Social Policies & Programmes
ISSA institution

An important milestone in the development of the social security cooperation between the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), was the adoption of the BRICS’ Ministerial Commitment to Sustainable and Universal Social Protection, during the Global Social

Published:
13 February 2019
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

In view of the global ambition to reach universal social protection, it is crucial to strengthen the coverage and support for rural populations. To this end, the ISSA and the IFAD have agreed to join forces to extend and promote social security in rural areas.