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Any guarantees? : China's rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)

This paper examines China's rural minimum living standard guarantee (dibao) program, one of the largest targeted transfer schemes in the world. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 90030 AUG 01, 2014

Golan, Jennifer; Sicular, Terry; Umapathi, Nithin

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. ... 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 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

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 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

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; O'Keefe, 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

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

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

Designing and implementing unemployment benefit systems in middle and low income countries : key choices between insurance and savings accounts (English)

Several middle income countries are considering reforms of severance pay regulations to both increase flexibility for firms and better protect workers. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 90348 MAY 01, 2013

Robalino, David A.; Weber, Michael

Entrepreneurship programs in developing countries : a meta regression analysis (English)

Fostering entrepreneurship is widely perceived to be a critical policy agenda to expand employment and earning opportunities and to reduce poverty. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 77168 APR 01, 2013

Cho, Yoonyoung; Honorati, Maddalena

Zambia - Using social safety nets to accelerate poverty reduction and share prosperity (English)

Despite robust annual growth of 5.7 percent in the recent past, poverty in Zambia remains stubbornly high. The poverty headcount rate is 60 percent (as of 2010), and 39 percent of the population live in extreme poverty, with insufficient consumption to meet their daily minimum food requirements. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 89708 MAR 01, 2013

Tesliuc, Cornelia; Smith, W. James; Sunkutu, Musonda Rosemary

Skilled labor flows : lessons from the European Union (English)

This study evaluates European Union (EU) experience of the mobility of skilled labor migrants after the 2004 and 2007 EU enlargements and from the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 75529 FEB 01, 2013

Kahanec, Martin

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Any guarantees? : China's rural minimum living standard guarantee program (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 90030 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 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)
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 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)
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)
Designing and implementing unemployment benefit systems in middle and low income countries : key choices between insurance and savings accounts (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 90348 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Entrepreneurship programs in developing countries : a meta regression analysis (English)
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APR 01, 2013 77168 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Zambia - Using social safety nets to accelerate poverty reduction and share prosperity (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 89708 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Skilled labor flows : lessons from the European Union (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 75529 Working Paper (Numbered Series)