Author Archives: Francine Mestrum

Changes for a post-COVID world?

There is something profoundly disturbing about this crisis. The results are frightening: ten thousands of deaths, hundred thousands of sick people, major cities in lockdown, an economic collapse… Slowly, from China and South-East Asia, the crisis is now hitting Europe, … Continue reading

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Universalism … really?

How the World Bank turns meanings to its advantage. With all the paradigmatic changes the World Bank has been promoting in the field of social policies, one element never changed in the past thirty years. Social policies were meant for … Continue reading

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Video on Social Protection

We are happy to present to you a video we made on social protection and our Global Charter for Social Protection Rights. It was made with the help of the NGO Forum on ADB. So many thanks for this! Please … Continue reading

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Explanation on origin and objectives of the Global Charter for Social Protection

The final Declaration of the nAsia Europe People’s Forum, adopted in Ulaan Baatar in 2016, included an action point for the social justice cluster, saying: “Work with social movements and workers’ organisations to develop a people-centred Global Social Protection Charter … Continue reading

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Arguments in favour of the Global Charter for Social Protection Rights

–        According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, social protection is a human right.   –        Social protection is a major element of social justice – if you have no pensions, no health care, no labour rights etc., it … Continue reading

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Social protection, the World Bank, the IMF and Lewis Carroll

Excellent fable on how poor countries, with excellent social protection schemes, are losing … ‘through the looking glass’ …

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(Español) Diez puntos a favor de la protección social y los comunes sociales

Sorry, this entry is only available in Mexican Spanish.

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On the human right to social protection

Good to watch, an explanation on the human right to social protection and economic and social rights

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Ten points in favour of universal social protection and social commons

To fight child poverty, to promote good health care or quality education, to guarantee labour rights and all other economic and social rights is not possible without a fully-fledged system of social protection. It is obvious that poverty and unemployment … Continue reading

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ILO’s New Social Protection Report for 2017

Social protection is a human right, but how many benefit? New report with disastrous but very interesting data

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