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Understanding Multiple Trajectories of Extending Social Protection to the Poor: An Analysis of Institutional Change in Kenya

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27 Feb 2018

2017/10 – International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE); IZNE Working Paper Series Nr. 17/6; Author(s): Katja Bender, et al. - Details

Political economic analyses of recent social protection reforms in Asian, African or Latin American countries have increased throughout the last few years. Yet, most contributions focus on one social protection mechanism only and do not provide a comparative approach across policy areas. In addition, most studies are empirical studies, with no or very limited theoretical linkages. The paper aims to explain multiple trajectories of social protection reform processes looking at cash transfers and social health protection policies in Kenya. It develops a taxonomy and suggest a conceptual framework to assess and explain reform dynamics across different social protection pillars. In order to allow for a more differentiated typology and enable us to understand different reform dynamics, the article uses the approach on gradual institutional change....

Barriers to Access Social Assistance and Special Social Services in Kazakhstan

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27 Feb 2018

2018/01 – Overseas Development Institute (ODI); research paper; Author(s): Lucy Scott et al. - Details

This study analyses the barriers to accessing social assistance in Kazakhstan, with a focus on vulnerable children, including children with disabilities. We worked with UNICEF Kazakhstan to assess the barriers faced by low-income and vulnerable families with children in accessing poverty-targeted social assistance (Targeted Social Assistance (TSA) and the State Child Allowance (SCA)). The study focuses on children living in households (rather than those residing in institutions), and, with respect to access to special services, on children with disabilities. The study is based on a large household survey and semi-structured interviews in three of the country’s regions. The study offers recommendations to overcome barriers to accessing social assistance and feeds into the social policy reforms scheduled for 2018.

Political and Institutional Drivers of Social Security Policy in South Africa

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27 Feb 2018

2017/12 – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Working Paper 2017-12; Author(s): Marianne S. Ulriksen, Sophie Plagerson - Details

This paper explores the contrasting developments within social security policy and focus its analysis on two case studies with varying policy outcomes: 1) the social cash transfer system, which is well established; and 2) the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, a recent policy, which has suffered several delays. Building on the power resource and historical institutionalism approaches, the paper explores how different actors seek to assert their policy preferences, and how current institutional arrangements shape actors’ interests and their ability to influence policy reforms. The two cases reveal interesting differences that can explain the success of social cash transfer expansion and the sluggish progress (to date) to introduce national health insurance.

World Social Protection Report 2017-19: Universal Social Protection to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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27 Feb 2018

2017/11 – International Labour Organization (ILO); Flagship Report - Details

This ILO flagship report provides a global overview of recent trends in social protection systems, including social protection floors. Based on new data, it offers a broad range of global, regional and country data on social protection coverage, benefits and public expenditures on social protection.

Extended deadline: Vacancy: European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) Co-Editor

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14 Feb 2018

The European Journal of Development Research is advertising for a new co-editor with expertise in the qualitative methodologies within international development research, including their use within mixed methods research designs, and impact evaluation (broadly defined) to join our thriving editorial team.

Tax Games - The Race to the Bottom: Europe's Role in Supporting an Unjust Global Tax System 2017

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14 Feb 2018

2017/12 – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC); Report; Editor(s): Stephanie Ross, Vicky Annin - Details

The world’s governments have committed to ambitious Sustainable Development Goals and a new global climate agreement, but the funding necessary to reach these goalsis lacking. This gap is felt most strongly in developing countries, where funding sources are in short supply and the development challenges are most severe. In this context, corporate tax income is an absolutely indispensable source of government revenue.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Perspectives on International Taxation and Capital Flight From Africa

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14 Feb 2018

2017/11 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); research paper; Author(s): Odd-Helge Fjeldsta, et al. - Details

Several African countries are among the fastest growing economies in the world. However, capital flows to tax havens are one factor limiting the benefits of economic growth for ordinary Africans. It is estimated that African countries, relative to the size of their economies, lose more in corporate tax evasion than countries anywhere else in the world. Until recently, there has been little firm evidence on how the use of tax havens affects tax compliance, how it influences lobbying activities towards the domestic tax system, and how tax havens shape state-citizen relations. In this book, leading international scholars and experts explore the problem, the actors, the effects and policy measures that can address the challenges.

Toward Closer Cohesion of International Tax Statistics

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14 Feb 2018

2017/11 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); WIDER Working Paper; Author(s): Kyle McNabb - Details

The Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) was launched in September 2014 and, in the few years since, has gone on to be recognized as the go-to source for researchers and policymakers seeking cross-country data on government revenues and taxes. However, as with any such project, successive rounds of updates have led to new challenges. This paper describes in depth some of the changes compared to older versions of the GRD, which are the result of learning during the update process, user feedback and changes to the underlying source data. It is not the intention to repeat the original motivations behind the dataset; these are covered in depth in Prichard et al. (2014).

Successful IAC / EADI accreditation of the MSc NGO and Development Management at University of East London

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13 Feb 2018

IAC / EADI congratulates UEL on the overall excellent quality and unique features of its MSc programme NGO and Development Management. This established course, which has been running for ten years, examines the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world, giving students the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors.

The aim of the course is to prepare for a career as an informed and critical development practitioner. Students will be equipped with all the practical skills that are demanded by development agencies and will also gain insight across the wider picture, understanding how developing countries can progress and how the poor can be mobilised to escape from the poverty trap.

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