International financial institutions, social protection and gender: missing the target


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International financial institutions, social protection and gender: missing the target

Social protection is playing a central role in recent discussions on the sustainable development goals and was featured heavily at this year's UN Commission on the Status of Women. Moreover, the IMF are currently developing an institutional view on the subject. Importantly, while the UN links social protection coverage as key to the achievement of gender equality, the outcome depends on how the system is designed. In his latest blog, Gino Brunswijck explores how poorly designed social protection systems exacerbate entrenched gender roles and gender inequality.


Registrations now open for Eurodad International Conference 2019

Registrations for the Eurodad International Conference 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia are now open. Early bird discount tickets can be purchased until 15 April. Registrations will close on 30 April.

Action Aid: CDC investments will fail to tackle poverty and advance women’s rights.

The Independent Commission for Aid has found that the continued investment in for-profit health and education initiatives by the UK's development finance institution CDC, undermines access to public services for most women and girls.

Global Justice Now: CDC review a ‘damning indictment’ of UK’s international development strategy

Responding to the independent CDC review, Global Justice Now says that the UK government’s international development strategy was “hell bent on pushing aid money into financial markets regardless of the consequences.

Abidjan Principles on the right to education published on 21 March

Providing crucial guidance to governments, education providers and other stakeholders, the Abidjan Principles identify and unpack states' existing obligations to provide quality public education and to regulate private involvement in education.


Working towards a just feminist economy

By Roosje Saalbrink via

A just feminist economy means decent work and secure incomes for women. In this new briefing, Womenkind looks at how to shape the global economy so it works for all women with references to Eurodad research on PPPs.

Tax Justice in Southeast Europe: How to reduce inequalities?

By Balkan Monitoring Public Finances

Western Balkans CSOs urge their government to stop tax dodging in this new research study, which highlights opportunities to address rising inequality and close tax loop holes through progressive taxation.

The political economy of labor market deregulation during IMF interventions

By Bernhard Reinsberg, Thomas Stubbs, Alexander Kentikelenis & Lawrence King via IMF monitor

The new paper examining IMF loan programme conditionality in 70 countries between 1980-2014 has found “that IMF-mandated labor market policy measures significantly reduce both individual and collective labor rights."

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