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Ammann, Theresa A. & Tamara A. Kool, 2021, A Systematic Literature Review of Gendered Human Security Approaches, Journal of Human Security, 17, More information

Markhof, Yannick Valentin, Isabella Franciscon, Nicolo Bird & Pedro Arruda, Dec 2021, Social assistance programmes in South Asia: an analysis of socio-economic impacts, Report commissioned by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), More information

, 2021, Next practices – Innovations in the COVID-19 social protection responses and beyond, The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated large-scale, rapid responses from governments to ensure that the negative effects of the crisis on people’s livelihoods are mitigated. Countries with more well-established social protection systems in place prior to the crisis were able to respond faster, but almost all countries required innovative practices to quickly deliver social protection to those usually excluded from benefits, such as informal-sector workers, refugees and migrants. This paper aims to systematise the social protection innovations implemented in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which can be leveraged to build more inclusive and sustainable systems in the medium and long term, More information

Mukherjee, Manisha, May 2021, Ideas for India , Launched in 2016, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to encourage the adoption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking in India. The article examines the impact of PMUY in two states in India with low LPG usage – Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, More information

Bierbaum, Mira & Veronika Wodsak, Aug 2021, Coordination of different instruments, in: E. Schüring & M. Loewe, Handbook of Social Protection Systems, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, More information

Bierbaum, Mira, Markus Kaltenborn, Valérie Schmitt & Nicola Wiebe, 2021, Financing universal social protection during COVID-19 and beyond: Investing more and better, Policy in Focus, 19, More information

Kuss, Maria Klara, 2021, The Negotiations of Zambia’s Welfare Regime: The Transformative Potential of Social Cash Transfers, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University

Kool, Tamara A. & Zina Nimeh, 2021, Refugees and Social Protection, in: E. Schüring and M. Loewe (eds), Handbook of Social Protection Systems, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham

Dietrich, Stephan, Aline Meysonnat, Francisco Rosales, Victor Cebotari & Franziska Gassmann, 2021, Economic development, weather shocks and child marriage in South Asia: A machine learning approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-034

Martorano, Bruno, Ortrun Merkle, Alex Hunns, Giulio Bordon, Cintia Denise Granja & Francesco Iacoella, Jul 2021, Inequality in Botswana; An analysis of the drivers and district-level mapping of select dimensions of inequality, Botswana is currently one of the most unequal countries globally, having the 9th highest Gini coefficient, indicating the degree of inequality of incomes, according to the most recent UNDP report (2020). Both theoretical and empirical studies have shown the negative effect of inequality on long-run growth, poverty reduction, social and political stability. The issue of inequality in Botswana has received limited attention historically from both research and policy perspectives. This study was therefore commissioned by UNDP, in an attempt to assist Botswana in understanding the drivers of inequality beyond income, as part of Botswana’s commitment to implement SDG 10 targets, More information

Zinyemba, Tatenda, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2021, Effects of HIV on gender gaps in school attendance of children in Zimbabwe: a non-linear multivariate decomposition analysis, Education Economics, More information

Siruno, Lalaine, 2021, ‘We are Filipinos, we do bayanihan, we help each other’: undocumented migrants in the Netherlands during COVID, London School of Economics - COVID-19 Blog, More information

Volante, Louis, Don A. Klinger, Livianna Tossutti & Melissa Siegel, 2021, Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19, The Conversation, April 19, More information

Rodriguez, Omar, 2021, Does entrepreneurship increase the chances of the poor?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-018

Gassmann, Franziska, Bruno Martorano & Jennifer Waidler, 2021, How social assistance affects subjective Well-being: Lessons from Kyrgyzstan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-013

Iacoella, Francesco & Nyasha Tirivayi, 2021, Mobile phones and HIV testing: Multi-country evidence from sub-Saharan Africa, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-010

Kool, Tamara A. , Giulio Bordon & Franziska Gassmann, 2021, Access to social protection for platform and other non-standard workers: A literature review, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-002

Arruda, Pedro, Yannick Valentin Markhof, Charlotte Bilo, Isabella Franciscon & Wesley Silva, Jun 2020, Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in South Asia from a child and equity perspective, Report comissioned by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), More information

Markhof, Yannick Valentin, Fabio Veras Soares, Nicolo Bird, Beatriz Burattini & Elise Chretien, Oct 2020, Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, policy responses and the missing middle in South Asia, Report commissioned by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), More information

Markhof, Yannick Valentin, Dec 2020, Pakistan’s social protection response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the adequacy of Ehsaas Emergency Cash and the road ahead, More information

Razavi, Shahra, Christina Behrendt, Mira Bierbaum, Ian Orton & Lou Tessier, 2020, Reinvigorating the social contract and strengthening social cohesion: Social protection responses to COVID-19, International Social Security Review, 73

Diaz, Yadira, Liliana Narváez, Omar Rodriguez, Mónica Cortés & Juan S. Silva, Jun 2020, Evaluating three UNDP entrepreneurship programmes for the economic inclusion of the poor in Colombia, UNDP Working Paper, More information

Gassmann, Franziska, Nga Leopold & Eszter Timar, Nov 2020, Technical Assistance to review Decree 136 with a focus on social assistance for children and propose policy options for the development of a new Decree in line with MPSARD targets and relevant to the context of a lower middle-income country, This assignment is to provide technical support to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA)in revising Decree 136 on social assistance policy in Vietnam

Gasper, D., R. Jolly, G. Koehler, Tamara A. Kool & M. Simane, 2020, Shake and stir: Adding human security and human resilience to help advance the SDGs agenda, Journal of Human Security Studies, 9, More information

Richardson, Dominique, A. Carraro, Victor Cebotari, A. Gromada & G. Rees, 2020, Supporting Families and Children Beyond COVID-19: Social protection in high-income countries, Innocenti Research Report, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence, More information

Nimeh, Zina, Tamara A. Kool, Francesco Iacoella & Alex Hunns, 2020, Rethinking humanitarian aid & making the case for humanitarian social protection: A response to the 2019 Global Refugee Forum, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-053

Cebotari, Victor, Oct 2020, UNICEF, UNICEF Evidence for Action Blog, More information

Leopold, Nga, Wim Groot, Sonila Tomini & Florian Tomini, 2020, Health insurance and self-employment transitions in Vietnam, Journal of Small Business Management

Gasper, D.R., R. Jolly, G. Koehler, Tamara A. Kool & M. Simane, 2020, Adding human security and human resilience to help advance the SDGs agenda, ISS Working Paper Series / General Series No. 665, More information

Urias, Eduardo & Shyama V. Ramani, 2020, Access to medicines after TRIPS: Is compulsory licensing an effective mechanism to lower drug prices? A review of the existing evidence, Journal of International Business Policy, Online, More information

Cebotari, Victor, N. Ramful, B. Elezaj & Chris de Neubourg, 2020, Women's Empowerment and Child Well-being in Ethiopia, Research brief UNICEF Ethiopia, More information

Elezaj, B., Victor Cebotari, N. Ramful & Chris de Neubourg, 2020, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Ethiopia, Research brief UNICEF Ethiopia, More information

Richardson, Dominique, Victor Cebotari, A. Carraro & K. A. Damoah, 2020, Supporting Families and Children Beyond COVID-19: Social protection in Southern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence, More information

Yu, Yip Ching & Zina Nimeh, 2020, Segmented paths of welfare assimilation, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-036

Gassmann, Franziska, Alex Hunns & Francesco Iacoella, Jul 2020, Shock-sensitive social protection in Malawi, This study explores potential designs for the SCTP to provide seasonally adjusted basic transfer values in Malawi. A monthly cash addition pegged at maize prices is found to be a suitable policy option, More information

Yu, Yip Ching, Jul 01, 2020, Pathways to Intergenerational Welfare Assimilation: Evidence from the Netherlands, IMISCOE Conference 2020

Yu, Yip Ching, Jun 25, 2020, Pathways to Intergenerational Welfare Assimilation: Evidence from the Netherlands, EALE SOLE AASLE World Labour Economics Conference 2020

Njagi, Purity, J. Arsenijevic & Wim Groot, 2020, Cost–related unmet need for healthcare services in Kenya, BMC Health Services Research, More information

Martorano, Bruno, Laura Metzger & Marco Sanfilippo, 2020, Chinese development assistance and household welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Development, 129

Zinyemba, Tatenda, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2020, EFFECTS OF HIV/AIDS ON CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT: A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW, Journal of Economic Surveys, 34, More information

Dietrich, Stephan & Georg Schmerzeck, 2020, For real? Income and non-income effects of cash transfers on the demand for food, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-006

Stern Plaza, Maya, Mira Bierbaum & Christina Behrendt, 2019, Universal social protection: Key concepts and international framework, Policy in Focus, 17, More information

Fraikin, Anne-Lore, Alain Jousten & Mathieu Lefèbvre, Sep 01, 2019, Les incitants au départ à la retraite en Belgique: évolutions et défis, L'emploi et ses nouveaux défis, More information

Fraikin, Anne-Lore & Alain Jousten, Sep 01, 2019, Retirement and claiming: an increasing divide, L'emploi et ses nouveaux défis (2019), More information

Cebotari, Victor, Chris de Neubourg, B. Elezaj & N. Ramful, 2019, Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, and Child Well-being in Ethiopia, Report UNICEF Ethiopia, More information

Yu, Yip Ching, Jun 07, 2019, Segmented Paths of Welfare Assimilation, The Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course Mid-term Conference. Turku, Finland

Andersson, Lisa, May 2019, Addressing the Gender dimension of informality, in: OECD Development Centre, Tackling Vulnerability in the Informal Economy, OECD Publishing, Paris, More information

Bierbaum, Mira & Michael Cichon, Nov 2019, Costing of a package of family-friendly transfers and services to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment: An introduction to the calculations and results, More information

Bierbaum, Mira, 2019, New Mindsets to Innovate Activation, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information

Haraguchi, Nobuya, Bruno Martorano, Marco Sanfilippo & Anirudh Shingal, 2019, Manufacturing Growth Accelerations in Developing Countries, Review of Development Economics, 23, More information