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ILO NATLEX Database

NATLEX is an online database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation, including social policy and regulations during COVID-19.

The database includes over 100,000 records covering 196 countries and over 160 territories and subdivisions. Records are indexed by subject classifications and provide full texts or abstracts of legislation and citation information. 

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Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Enterprises and Workers in the Informal Economy in Developing and Emerging Countries
Identifying the needs and priorities of the groups in the informal economy that are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis is essential to develop adequate policy responses.
These guidelines provide a step-by-step approach to get this knowledge quickly by using methods of collecting information remotely, without interpersonal contact. The rapid assessment highlights sectors and groups most affected by the crisis and identify the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic and adopted preventive measures.

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Rapid Diagnostics for Assessing the Country Level Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy and Labour Market
These guidelines were developed by the ILO's Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch to support countries, through ILO employment specialists and Country Offices, undertake rapid di
agnostics to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and policy responses. The rapid diagnostics seek to assess the current impact and transmission mechanisms of the COVID-19 crisis on a country’s economy and labour market, while identifying the most affected sectors/groups and review existing policy responses, their objectives and expected impacts, and identify gaps in policy implementation.

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Rapid Social Protection Calculator for COVID-19
The Rapid Social Protection Calculator for COVID-19 tool supports countries to make rapid adjustments to social protection systems in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Responses to the crisis require an adequate assessment of their impact on the costs of social protection programmes. In normal times, such assessments can be made well in advance and based on comprehensive information and sophisticated actuarial methods. But the COVID-19 crisis is forcing many countries to make rapid assessments, for which this tool is designed to assist. 

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The Need for Social Dialogue in Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic with its far-reaching socio-economic consequences calls for effective tripartite social dialogue and

cooperation bringing together governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations to design effective strategies and policies to address its impacts. Social dialogue and tripartism can be drivers for economic and social resilience, competitiveness, stability and inclusive growth and development.  

ILO assessments of country responses to the COVID-19 crisis highlight that social dialogue has been used to good effect in the early stages of crisis response in many countries. It has helped the tripartite partners to achieve consensus on targeted measures to protect workers and enterprises particularly hard hit by the crisis and to promote recovery. 

This policy brief discusses social dialogue in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lessons learned and emerging practices.  

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Decent Work for Sustainable Development Resource Platform
The Decent Work for Sustainable Development Resource Platform offers integrated guidance and working resources on the relationship between decent work and sustainable dev
elopment for constituents, ILO staff, UN Country Teams, development partners and other stakeholders to support national SDG processes. It can be used to analyse and inform national planning and budgeting processes, emphasize the role of employment and decent work in UN Country Team planning processes, support the work of inter-ministerial working groups on decent-work related issues, provide support to donor coordination mechanisms and support the formulation of Decent Work Country Programmes.

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UNSDG Social Protection Coordination Toolkit

This toolkit provides policymakers and practitioners with an applied and adaptable framework with which to assess the state

of coordination in their social protection systems. It also provides examples of efforts to improve coordination from different countries around the world. The toolkit is structured to delineate various levels of coordination, outline a practical assessment methodology for users to apply in various country contexts to determine the level of existing and needed coordination, and provide concrete experiences from countries that illustrate ways to improve coordination in social protection. 

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Fiscal Space for Social Protection and the SDGs

These guidelines present eight financing alternatives, based on policy positions by the United Nations and international financial institutions, and show that fiscal space for s

ocial protection and the SDGs exists even in the poorest countries. Of the eight options, six increase the overall size of a country’s budget through increasing tax revenues, expanding social security coverage and contributory revenues, lobbying for increased aid and transfers, eliminating illicit financial flows, borrowing or restructuring debt, and adopting a more accommodative macroeconomic framework. The other two options are about redirecting existing resources from one area to another, in this case social protection by re-allocating public expenditures and tapping into fiscal and foreign exchange reserves.