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Social protection in fragile and conflict-affected countries : trends and challenges (English)

This study examines the role of social protection programming, and programming design and implementation features, that are prominent in fragile and conflict-affected states. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 96378 APR 01, 2015

Ovadiya,Mirey; Kryeziu,Adea; Masood,Syeda; Zapatero Larrio,Eric

Defining, measuring, and benchmarking administrative expenditures of mandatory social security programs (English)

This study provides a framework for comparison and benchmarking of administrative expenditures of public and private social security programs. The paper presents the genesis of the inquiries into the subject, reviewing some of the most relevant literature on administrative expenditures and the costs of mandatory programs produced over the past two decades. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 95198 FEB 01, 2015

Sluchynsky, Oleksiy

Old-age financial protection in Malaysia : challenges and options (English)

This policy paper presents key findings and suggestions on Malaysia’s old-age financial protection system within the context of the country’s broader social security framework. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 92725 NOV 01, 2014

Holzmann, Robert

Any guarantees? : Chinas rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)

This paper examines Chinas rural minimum living standard guarantee (dibao) program, one of the largest targeted transfer schemes in the world. Using household survey data matched with published administrative data, the authors provide background on the patterns of inequality and poverty in rural China, describe the dibao program, estimate the programs impact on poverty, and carry out targeting analysis. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 90030 AUG 01, 2014

Golan, Jennifer; Sicular, Terry; Umapathi, Nithin

Profiling the unemployed : a review of OECD experiences and implications for emerging economics (English)

This paper takes stock of methods to profile the unemployed in public employment services (PESs) in OECD countries, in order to single out suitable approaches for PES in emerging economies. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 91051 AUG 01, 2014

Loxha, Artan; Morgandi, Matteo

Our daily bread : what is the evidence on comparing cash versus food transfers? (English)

This paper reviews key issues in the cash versus food debate, including as they relate to political economy, theory, evidence, and practice. In doing so, it benefited from a new generation of 12 impact evaluations deliberately comparing alternative transfer modalities. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89502 JUL 01, 2014

Gentilini, Ugo

STEP skills measurement surveys : innovative tools for assessing skills (English)

The Skills Towards Employability and Productivity (STEP) program was designed to better understand the interplay between skills on the one hand and employability and productivity on the other. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89729 JUL 01, 2014

Social assistance and labor market programs in Latin America : methodology and key findings from the social protection database (English)

How much do countries spend on social protection? Do social protection programs cover all poor people? And, how well are they targeted? It is notoriously hard to find comprehensive cross-country data on social protection programs which can help answer such questions and allow to benchmark social protection systems. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 88769 JUN 01, 2014

Cerutti, Paula; Fruttero, Anna; Grosh, Margaret; Kostenbaum, Silvana; Oliveri, Maria Laura; Rodriguez Alas, Claudia P.; Strokova, Victoria

World Bank support for social safety nets 2007-2013 : a review of financing, knowledge services, and results (English)

This review examines World Bank support to social safety nets between FY2007-13, including both financing and knowledge services. During this time period World Bank financing for safety nets totaled just over United States (U.S.) 12 billion dollars, 273 financing activities in 93 countries, the World Bank spent approximately U.S. 118 million dollars on 281 safety net studies and supported approximately 129 credible safety net impact evaluations covering in 24 countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 90187 JUN 01, 2014

Andrews, Colin; Kryeziu, Adea; Seo, Dahye

Social insurance reform in Jordan : awareness and perceptions of employment opportunities for women (English)

The new social insurance law introduced by the Jordanian government in 2010 was created in part to improve the likelihood of women’s employment through non- and gender specific changes. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89187 JUN 01, 2014

Brodmann, Stefanie ; Jillson, Irene ; Hassan, Nahla

Sudan - social safety assessment (English)

The Sudanese population has suffered from years of conflict, and deep-seated security issues have severely hampered Sudan’s long-term economic stability and social development. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89230 MAY 01, 2014

Kjellgren, Annika ; Jones-Pauly, Christina ; El-Tayeb Alyn, Hadyiat ; Tadesse, Endashaw ; Vermehren, Andrea

Madagascar - three years into crisis (English)

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and a very high proportion of the population experiences frequent shocks, whether from natural disasters, economic shocks or internal crises of governance. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89231 MAY 01, 2014

Auffret, Philippe

Botswana social protection (English)

The report lays out options to use social safety nets to meet the goal set by the Government of Botswana to eradicate extreme poverty by 2016 and in a budget neutral way. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89003 DEC 01, 2013

Tesliuc, Cornelia ; Silverio Marques, Jose ; Mookodi, Lillian ; Braithwaite, Jeanine ; Sharma, Siddarth ; Ntseane, Dolly

Eligibility thresholds for minimum living guarantee programs : international practices and implications for China (English)

Using a simple framework, this paper discusses the underlying reason of the variation of threshold level in developed countries, from the least generous 20 percent to around 60 percent of median wage, with an average of 35 percent. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 83118 NOV 01, 2013

Umapathi, Nithin; Wang, Dewen; OKeefe, Philip

Tailoring social protection to small island developing states : lessons learned from the Caribbean (English)

This paper examines the role of social protection (SP) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), given their particular structural, human resource and capacity constraints. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 80105 AUG 01, 2013

Williams, Asha; Cheston, Timothy; Coudouel, Aline; Subran, Ludovic

Improving payment mechanisms in cash-based safety net programs (English)

Cash transfers have proliferated in the past decade as key policy instruments to tackle vulnerability and inequality. Payment mechanisms (PMs), the backbone of cash transfers, are the channels through which cash travels from the funding source to the hands of beneficiaries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 84081 AUG 01, 2013

del Ninno, Carlo; Subbarao, Kalanidhi; Kjellgren, Annika; Quintana, Rodrigo

The nuts and bolts of designing and implementing training programs in developing countries (English)

Training programs mainly address market failures related to lack of skills (technical, cognitive, non-cognitive). This paper conducts a comprehensive review of training programs effectiveness in developing countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 78980 JUN 01, 2013

Honorati, Maddalena; McArdle, Thomas P

Youth employment : a human development agenda for the next decade (English)

This paper reviews the main challenges facing countries in attempting to improve labor market outcomes among youth, focusing on the issues that became starkly visible during the recent financial crisis. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 83925 JUN 01, 2013

Robalino, David; Margolis, David; Rother, Friederike; Newhouse, David; Lundberg, Mattias

Sierra Leone social protection assessment (English)

This assessment provides recommendations to help the government of Sierra Leone to put its Social Protection Policy into action. Ten years after civil war, and in the aftermath of the global crises, the key challenge for Sierra Leone in the area of social protection is to move from ad hoc emergency interventions towards a national social protection system. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 88996 JUN 01, 2013

Lesotho : a safety net to end extreme poverty (English)

This report shows that while more inclusive growth is the ultimate solution to poverty in Lesotho, the country can and should use selective social transfers to reduce poverty more rapidly among the extreme poor. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 88999 JUN 01, 2013

Smith, W. James ; Mistiaen, Emma ; Guven, Melis ; Morojele, Morabo

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Social protection in fragile and conflict-affected countries : trends and challenges (English)
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APR 01, 2015 96378 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Defining, measuring, and benchmarking administrative expenditures of mandatory social security programs (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 95198 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Old-age financial protection in Malaysia : challenges and options (English)
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NOV 01, 2014 92725 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Any guarantees? : Chinas rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 90030 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Profiling the unemployed : a review of OECD experiences and implications for emerging economics (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 91051 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Our daily bread : what is the evidence on comparing cash versus food transfers? (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89502 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
STEP skills measurement surveys : innovative tools for assessing skills (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 89729 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Social assistance and labor market programs in Latin America : methodology and key findings from the social protection database (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 88769 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
World Bank support for social safety nets 2007-2013 : a review of financing, knowledge services, and results (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 90187 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Social insurance reform in Jordan : awareness and perceptions of employment opportunities for women (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 89187 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Sudan - social safety assessment (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 89230 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Madagascar - three years into crisis (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 89231 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Botswana social protection (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 89003 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Eligibility thresholds for minimum living guarantee programs : international practices and implications for China (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 83118 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Tailoring social protection to small island developing states : lessons learned from the Caribbean (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 80105 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Improving payment mechanisms in cash-based safety net programs (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 84081 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The nuts and bolts of designing and implementing training programs in developing countries (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 78980 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Youth employment : a human development agenda for the next decade (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 83925 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Sierra Leone social protection assessment (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 88996 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Lesotho : a safety net to end extreme poverty (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 88999 Working Paper (Numbered Series)