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COVID-19 | How exclusionary social protection systems in the MENA are making the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects worse

Mahmood Messkoub
March 3, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the majority of people living in the MENA region even more vulnerable, adding to existing structural problems that include under-resourced public health services, a high degree of labour informality, and high poverty and unemployment rates. Temporary social and economic support measures to mitigate the pandemic’s effects are not sufficient, however – the region has to go beyond piecemeal policies. Countries need to expand the scope and scale of social provisioning and social protection as well as the quality of and access to public health services by moving towards a universalist approach to social policy, writes Mahmood Messkoub.
March 3, 2021
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Hanging by a thread: what’s right – and wrong – with the new German supply chain law meant to protect human rights

Josephine Valeske
February 26, 2021
After years of civil society campaigning against the working conditions of supply chain workers in the Global South supplying German companies and consumers, the German government recently agreed to the introduction of a human rights due diligence law. The law, supposed to force companies to ensure the human rights of these workers and affected communities in countries abroad, will likely be passed before the summer. But unless the parliament makes substantial changes, the law in its current form will not be enough to hold companies responsible. Furthermore, it fails to ensure that the voices of those affected most are heard, writes Josephine Valeske.
February 26, 2021

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COVID-19
COVID-19 and Conflict
Creative Development
Deglobalisation
Development Dialogue 2018
EADI/ISS
Epistemic Diversity
IHSA Conference 2018
Women's Month 2019
hisham-zayadnh-GIIEvHgYotM-unsplash

COVID-19 | How exclusionary social protection systems in the MENA are making the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects worse

Mahmood Messkoub
March 3, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the majority of people living in the MENA region even more vulnerable, adding to existing structural problems that include under-resourced public health services, a high degree of labour informality, and high poverty and unemployment rates. Temporary social and economic support measures to mitigate the pandemic’s effects are not sufficient, however – the region has to go beyond piecemeal policies. Countries need to expand the scope and scale of social provisioning and social protection as well as the quality of and access to public health services by moving towards a universalist approach to social policy, writes Mahmood Messkoub.
March 3, 2021
02_26_2021_Josephine Supply Chain

Hanging by a thread: what’s right – and wrong – with the new German supply chain law meant to protect human rights

Josephine Valeske
February 26, 2021
After years of civil society campaigning against the working conditions of supply chain workers in the Global South supplying German companies and consumers, the German government recently agreed to the introduction of a human rights due diligence law. The law, supposed to force companies to ensure the human rights of these workers and affected communities in countries abroad, will likely be passed before the summer. But unless the parliament makes substantial changes, the law in its current form will not be enough to hold companies responsible. Furthermore, it fails to ensure that the voices of those affected most are heard, writes Josephine Valeske.
February 26, 2021