Social protection

Social protection

An estimated three quarters of the world’s population has no access to basic social protection.
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Introduction to our 'Social protection' dossier

In our Social Protection dossier, The Broker looks at the international discussion on how to secure decent protection for all human beings. We explore different ways to provide social protection and discuss the wider political and economical consequences in the search for a more inclusive economy. This dossier is being launched in collaboration with the Library, Documentation and Information Department of the African Studies Centre Leiden, which has compiled a web dossier on social protection in Africa.

Editorial articles

Social protection for inclusive growth

Bertil Videt | January 16, 2014

Social protection can be a stabilizer during a crisis and kick-start domestic demand.

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Protect - or promote?

Annemarie van de Vijsel | October 22, 2013

Social protection schemes look very different across the world. They traditionally protect people from income fall after shocks. But some programmes have hig...

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Antipoverty transfers in the South

Armando Barrientos | October 21, 2013

Antipoverty transfers have recently emerged as a key area of national policy and practice in the global South. They are increasingly perceived as an essentia...

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Expert opinions

It's not just the economy, stupid

Caroline Reeg Markus Loewe  | 01 October 2014

Upgrading a micro enterprise to a small or medium-sized business requires more than a good business environment.

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How can entrepreneurship really make an impact?

Yannick du Pont  | 29 September 2014

In conflict-affected societies, entrepreneurship promotion plays a crucial role in harvesting young people's innovative potential and in stirring economic growth on a national level.

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The pervasive and unfair costs of trade on workers

Íñigo Verduzco Gallo  | 29 September 2014

International trade can contribute to the creation of more and better jobs but not always, not for everyone, and not everywhere. Thirty years after the beginning...

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Trade openness still matters

Noel Gaston  | 29 September 2014

While the long-term benefits of freer trade for the domestic labour market seem indisputable, it is politically contestable over the short- and medium-run.

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An army of ants

Will Mutua  | 24 September 2014

There is no limit to human capacity for innovation – the bedrock of entrepreneurship. Only three basic pillars can lay the foundation for sustainable business growth.

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Our dossiers thoroughly examine selected topics and we frequently post discussion questions regarding them. We welcome your contributions to the discussions.

Contribute to the debate on Employment

 | 12 March 2014

The Broker invites you to contribute to the debate on how more and better jobs can be created within our globalized world.

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Social protection in Africa

Social protection in Africa

This dossier is prepared in collaboration with The Library of the African Studies Centre, which has compiled a bibliographic web dossieron social Protection in Africa, containing book titles available in the ASC Library.

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