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Friday, 22 March 2013

EU should back social insurance for developing countries

The European Union could help reduce entrenched poverty by supporting social insurance systems in developing nations, says a new European Parliament study.
The study, presented on Monday (18 March), as part of the Committee on Development of the EP, calls on the EU to encourage the growth of social schemes for poor nations through aid as well as offering expertise drawing on Europe’s own experience in providing universal health and pension systems.
The EU could help by providing initial funding to support the introduction of social schemes; or by offering the technical expertise for better tax collection and accountability, in order to support tax-financed social insurance;
European donors already support healthcare or social insurance schemes, including programmes in Ghana and Rwanda.  
The European Commission’s overseas development policy, the Agenda for Change, and its proposed Decent Life for All communication both call for investing in social insurance for the world’s poorest nations.

Globally, the 184-member nations of the International Labour Organization (ILO), including the 27 EU states, in June 2012 adopted a resolution urging all countries to provide minimal social protections in the build-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
It is approximated that around 5.1 billion people, or nearly 75% of people worldwide, lack social safety nets.

Source: Euractiv