August 22, 2022
Bangladesh launches pioneering employment injury scheme for the garment sector
On 21 June 2022, Bangladesh launched a ground-breaking employment injury scheme – the first of its kind – providing income protection for workers in the country’s ready-made garment sector.
March 9, 2022
How Nepal’s bold new social security system inspired a delegation from Bangladesh
The comprehensive social security measures Nepal introduced for formal sector workers raised the interest of neighbouring Bangladesh, a country on the brink of reaching middle-income status. With the support of German development cooperation, a Bangladeshi delegation undertook a study tour to Nepal and this resulted in rich learnings, for both sides.
February 10, 2022
Helping Bangladesh’s injured workers return to work
A two-year intervention supported by German development cooperation has been working with employers in the export-oriented garment industry, Bangladesh’s largest employer, to implement voluntary rehabilitation and return to work policies which not only reduce time lost through accidents and disability but also save them money and makes them more attractive to overseas buyers.
January 30, 2018
Working life is hard. Make it safe!
How Single Window Service Centres ensure informal sector workers’ access to social protection in Karnataka
Work-related social protection
Protecting workers against risks to their incomes and livelihoods
Work-related social protection schemes cover specific risks and contingencies which are faced by workers, including illness, injuries, maternity and unemployment. However, many workers, particularly those in the informal sector, are not covered by such schemes. Only 35 per cent of the global labour force is protected in the event of employment-related injuries, and only one-third has income security in case of illness. Women of working age are less likely than men to be covered by comprehensive social security systems.
Work-related social protection schemes are an essential element of Universal Social Protection. They help to ensure the income and livelihoods of workers and their dependents, and also contribute to increases in productivity. For this reason, they are an important investment in inclusive economic growth.
Germany supports the introduction of occupational health and safety schemes which aim to prevent workplace injuries; the development of work-related social protection schemes, such as employment injury insurance; and the extension of social protection coverage to workers in the informal sector. The articles, events and studies on this page provide insights into how Germany supports social protection in the world of work.