Millions of Asia’s informal workers – such as vendors, day laborers, and others – are left out of national pension systems. Here’s what we can do to help them in their later years.
Sri Wening Handayani
Sri Wening was the focal point for social analysis for ADB’s projects. She provides awareness and training on social analysis, promotes knowledge on social dimensions, facilitates sharing of information on social dimensions and social protection, and supports external relations and coordination with development partners on social development, social protection, and labor issues. Prior to joining ADB, Ms. Handayani was a consultant practitioner in social development.
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Today’s gig economy has profound implications for the workers’ social protection schemes of tomorrow.
Here’s how Asian countries can come up with the money to fund better social safety nets for their people.
ADB is helping persons with disabilities make an effective contribution to Mongolian society, and live with dignity.
Governments in the region must invest in building comprehensive social protection systems for the huge number of vulnerable people who do not qualify as extremely poor and are employed in the informal sector.
Countries in developing Asia can extend basic and robust levels of social protection to the “missing middle,” but whether there’s enough political to do so is another matter.