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Author:Flora Myamba
Subject: Employment Policies
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Abstract: "The report by the Organisation for Economic co-Operation and Development (OECD) entitled 'Social Protection in East Africa: Harnessing the Future' (OECD 2017), recently produced by the European Union Social Protection Systems (EU-SPS) project, points to the low coverage rates of social protection in the informal sector in East Africa as one of seven great challenges that will need to be addressed in the next 50 years. For years now, many developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been poor and vulnerable, with high rates of informality in their labour markets: the majority of both rural populations involved in agriculture and the urban poor work in the informal sector. Public-sector social protection mechanisms have remained weak or even non-existent; therefore, the burden to protect the population from risks and social and economic shocks has been placed on the families and communities themselves—and mainly on women. This is the essence of traditional (and informal) social protection in sub-Saharan Africa, the perception of which has been used to justify the low resources allocated to this sector in government-led policies and programmes". (...)

keywords: Workers, informal sector, contributory, social insurance, schemes, case, Tanzania
Date Publication: 09/11/2017 - 15:05
Type/Issue: One Pager / 363
ISSN: 2318-9118
Language: English