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Options for Rapid Expansion of Social Assistance Caseloads for COVID-19 Responses - Social Protection Approaches to COVID19: Expert advice helpline (2020)

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Although focussed on a very specific problem - how social protection systems needing to rapidly expand their % population coverage in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g. for emergencies, one-off cash transfers), effectively this document offers a long list of potential creative ways of integrating different pubic datasets for the purposes of population targeting. These may be of great interest to health programs (e.g. National Health Insurance schemes) looking to target a much larger proportion of the population for subsidization than their typical social registry or social protection ministry is doing. Examples include integration of data from financial inclusion programs, mobile money providers, and farmer registries/unions.

Data protection for social protection: key issues for low- and middle-income countries - GIZ (SPIAC-B) by Wagned and Ferro (2020)

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Digital technologies offer enormous opportunities for social protection systems in low and middle-income countries. But the risks to privacy and personal data seem just as high. Is there a way to meet this challenge successfully? A new paper, commissioned by GIZ’s Sector Initiative Social Protection and compiled for the Social Protection Interagency Collaboration Board (SPIAC-B), concludes: Yes, there is. The use of new technology does not need to create a contradiction between the protection of personal data and social protection. But it needs a deep discussion on this topic among social protection authorities as well as special support for practitioners.

Building an Integrated and Digital Social Protection Information System - UK Department for International Development and GIZ (2019)

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Written by Richard Chirchir and Valentina Barca, this report outlines the building blocks of successfully integrated information systems for social protection, including valuable frameworks to understand their various functions and supporting component, the key design and implementation choices that system leaders face, the most common risks and how these can be mitigated. It is a very useful guide for health leaders looking to learn from the significant expertise that exists in the social protection sector for successful integrated information management. This report has been packaged into a micro-course available for free and online here:

Integrating Data and Information Management for Social Protection: Social Registries and Integrated Beneficiary Registries - Australian Aid (2017)

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A substantial report from Valentina Barca which, like the DFID paper above, takes the reader on a comprehensive journey through the stages, functions and considerations in designing and implementing an integrated information system for population targeting. This publication illustrates these points with a large number of practical case studies and case examples, and also has a more in depth outlining of the core terminology and concepts in this arena.

SDG Digital Investment Framework: A Whole-of-Government Approach to Investing in Digital Technologies to Achieve the SDGs - ITU & DIAL (2019)

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The widest lens of any resource in this section, this report outlines the overall ICT requirements needed by governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. While far broader than population targeting, the report nonetheless gives a useful high-level perspective on the different fundamental components needed across government and society for any individual social program (such as national health insurance) to be successful.