News and analysis

News and analysis

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

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:
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:
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:
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