This working paper analyzes the contribution of social protection—especially social assistance—in reducing poverty and inequality and supporting inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific. The analysis is divided into three main sections. First, it reviews long-standing and emerging challenges to social protection in the region: poverty and inequality, demographic change, inclusive growth, and environmental change. Second, it reviews the provision of social assistance: spending, programming, reach, and distribution.
BLOG : Traditionally, boosting growth has been seen as the best way to create job opportunities and raise living standards.
This General Survey is based on the reports communicated under article 19 of the Constitution by countries on the measures taken to give effect to the provisions of the Recommendation. The Committee has also taken into account available information on relevant law and practice, and its main observations on the application of ratified ILO social security Conventions, as well as the reports on the application of the European Code of Social Security (ECSS).
In Brazil, smallholder farmers account for around 70 per cent of the food market for some crops. Family farming can contribute to reducing poverty and improving food security. Women are important actors in agriculture and rural development, accounting for 43 per cent of the total workforce in rural areas of developing countries (FAO 2015) and approximately 30 per cent of the total rural workforce in Brazil (IBGE 2006).
Persons with disabilities in the Arab region, as elsewhere in the world, are one of the most marginalized and excluded population groups. They are often not visible in public life, as the social and physical environments remain inaccessible, and they are disproportionally affected by crises and disasters. Reporting on the ongoing violent conflicts across the region is largely silent on the plight of persons with disabilities, who are unable to run away from destruction, unaware of dangers facing them, or even left behind by their families.