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Theme: Informal Economy
Program(s): Social Protection

"In January this year, the Harare City Council in Zimbabwe accused informal food vendors of spreading typhoid. The council then attempted to confiscate, and destroy, all perishable food items that were being hawked in the central business district. Many vendors fought back, resulting in deadly clashes over a series of days in the opposition run capital city.  Sadly, such violent treatment of workers in informal markets is all too common in African cities." This article cites WIEGO research.

By Preiss, Danielle and Pragati Shahi, .

Two years ago, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed Sita Kumal’s house in Nepal’s Gorkha district — 65 miles from the capital Kathmandu and the area hardest hit by the disaster... Last April, she accepted the offer of a local agent to find her a job as a housemaid in Dubai, where she’d earn around $290 a month.

By Santos, Lean Alfred and Ravelo, Jenny Lei, .

This news article also includes video interviews from Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week. WIEGO's Social Protection Programme Director, Gisèle Yasmeen, was among the experts interviewed. Gisèle also wrote an invited blog post for Asian Development Blog during this week.

Ghana Employers Association fights for workers' safety Ghana Web . (27 May 2016)

The Ghana Employers’ Association has called on the government to expedite action on the passage of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Bill into law.

By ILO, .

The new ILO network will look for ways companies can support the development of national social protection systems.

How to build a national social protection system in 10 easy steps Institute of Development Studies . (9 September 2015)
By Devereux, Stephen.

The author writes "I propose the following checklist as a guideline to governments and development partners embarking on a process of building a national social protection system."

A National Occupational Safety and Health Policy, would be placed before cabinet for approval by the end of August. The overall goal of the new policy is to create a comprehensive national framework for effective coordination and harmonisation of occupational safety and health issues in the country to enhance the well-being of workers.

By ILO, .

From this "joint statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on the launch of the World Bank Group and ILO Universal Social Protection Initiative, calling the attention of world leaders to the importance of universal social protection policies and financing:  Universal coverage and access to social protection are central to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity, the World Bank Group's twin goals by 2030. Universal social protection coverage is at the core of the ILO’s mandate, guided by its standards including the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, No. 202 , adopted by 185 states in 2012.
For the World Bank Group and the ILO, universal social protection refers to the integrated set of policies designed to ensure income security and support to all people across the life cycle – paying particular attention to the poor and the vulnerable. Anyone who needs social protection should be able to access it."

By Frayssinet, Fabiana.

Although they do not specifically target women, social policies like family allowances and pensions have improved the lives of women in Latin America, the region that has made the biggest strides so far this century in terms of gender equality, although there is still a long way to go.

In early April 2015, the Cabinet of the Government of Bangladesh approved in principle its new National Social Security Strategy (NSSS), subject to some changes.