The 'new realities' in social protection

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 22 August 2016

Miguel Nino-Zarazua, research fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University tells the international community should move beyond conventional social protection concepts.

Globalization and technology continue to change the very nature of employment, but social protection thinking and strategies are struggling to keep pace.

In this Devex video interview, Miguel Nino-Zarazua, research fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, argues that the international community should move beyond conventional social protection concepts to address the changing nature of “formal” work driven by the digital economy.

“The effect of technology also means that firms and individuals in particular have contracts that are more insecure. We see that in the private sector, but we also see that in international organizations,” he told Devex.

Watch the above clip to learn more about the trends that Nino-Zarazua thinks should be part of today’s discussions on social protection.

Devex is the exclusive media partner of the Asian Development Bank’s Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week.

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About the author

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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