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Access to financial services and the financial inclusion agenda around the world : a cross-country analysis with a new data set /

by Ardic, Oya Pinar | The World Bank | Heimann, Maximilien | Mylenko, Nataliya.

Publisher: Washington, DC World Bank 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011. "Policy Research Working Paper 5537" (WPS5537).Summary: "Recent empirical evidence highlights that access to basic financial services can make a substantial positive difference in improving poor people?s lives. Accordingly, financial sector reforms that promote financial inclusion are increasingly at the core of policymakers? agendas. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and the World Bank Group, in response, launched the Financial Access project, including a cross-country database on financial inclusion topics and an annual report to inform the policy debate. Using this database, this paper (i) counts the number of unbanked adults around the world at 56 percent, (ii) analyzes the state of access to deposit and loan services as well as the extent of retail networks, and (iii) discusses the state of financial inclusion mandates around the world"Availability: (1)

An inclusive society : strategies for tackling poverty. /

by Oppenheim, Carey, (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 1998Description: 284 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Offers an examination of poverty where employment and education are emphasised as themes being explored to address the problem.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Changing the paradigm : education as the key to a socially inclusive future /

by Stehlik, Tom (ed.) | University of South Australia. School of Education | Patterson, Jan (ed.).

Publisher: Mt Gravatt, Qld. Post Pressed 2011Description: xvi, 173 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This book is about changing the paradigm of the established system of schooling in Australia. Education has long been recognised as the key to addressing intergenerational and social disadvantage, but the notion of a socially inclusive future is the particular concern of this book. Contributors from academic, policy and practice settings, drawing on the experience of South Australia's Social Inclusion Initiative School Retention Action Plan, provide examples and ideas for ensuring that the benefits of a quality education system are available to all children and young people in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Collaborative local learning ecologies : reflections on the governance of lifelong learning in England /

by Hodgson, Ann | Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning | Spours, Ken.

Publisher: Leicester, U.K. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning. Sector paper ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 22-25Summary: This paper is an attempt to use ecological concepts that have been developed across a number of different areas of human and natural activity to think about approaches to governance in the complex area of lifelong learning. The ecological metaphor helps us to recognise important features of the diverse, dynamic, complex, evolving, fragile spaces and entities that constitute adult learning. This paper uses these tools to reflect upon strategies for building effective, inclusive and collaborative local learning ecologies, capable of meeting the needs of all learners in a locality.Availability: (1)

Enhancing labour utilisation in a socially inclusive society in Australia /

by Koutsogeorgopoulou, Vassiliki | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD Publishing 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2011 Working paper no. 852 Bibliography : p. 40-45Summary: Australia faces the mutually reinforced challenges of boosting labour supply and promoting social inclusion. Labour underutilisation is especially prevalent among groups such as lone parents, people with disability, and Indigenous Australians. These are also groups at greatest risk of social exclusion. Thus better integration of these groups into the labour market would enhance inclusion. In general, labour utilisation can be increased by training, improving the functioning of labour market institutions, reforming the tax and transfer system, and maintaining labour market flexibility. Beyond labour market policies, the multiplicity, inter-relatedness and complexity of social inclusion problems call for a comprehensive and ; integrated approach focusing on individual needs. The elements of the strategy include an education system that better promotes equity and integrated service approaches to help people with disabilities and the homeless. Recent efforts in all these areas by the government are welcome.Availability: (1)

EU development policy in support of inclusive growth and sustainable development : increasing the impact of EU development policy : green paper /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2010Description: PDF, 21 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: "COM(2010)0629"Summary: This Green Paper seeks to launch a debate on how the European Union (EU) can best support developing countries' efforts to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, and how it can strive to leverage new opportunities to reduce poverty. It sets questions around four main objectives to be pursued collaboratively by the EU and its Member States: ; - how to ensure high EU impact development policy, so that every euro spent provides the best value added and value for money, the best leverage and the best legacy of opportunities for generations to come -- [includes: security, fragility, coordination of aid, policy coherence] ; - how to facilitate more, and more inclusive, growth in developing countries, as a means of reducing poverty and providing a chance for all to have a decent living and a perspective for their future [particularly through partnerships and regional integration]. ; - how to promote sustainable development as a driver for progress [particularly regarding climate change, biodiversity and energy], and ; - how to achieve durable results in the area of agriculture and food security.Availability: (1)

EUROPE 2020 : A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth /

by European Commission.

Publisher: Brussels European Commission 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Brussels, 3.3.2010 COM(2010) 2020 finalSummary: In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy -to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels underpin the strategy.Availability: (1)

Financial inclusion and development : a cross country analysis /

by Sarma, Mandira | Pais, Jesim.

Publisher: New Delhi, India Madras School of Economics 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2008 Presented at the Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association, New Delhi, 10-13 September 2008 Bibliography : p. 26-27Summary: This paper presents a cross country empirical analysis of the relationship between financial inclusion and development. Using the index of financial inclusion developed in Sarma (2008), the paper attempts to identify the factors that are significantly associated with financial inclusion. Levels of human development and financial inclusion in a country move closely with each other, although a few exceptions exist. Among socioeconomic factors, as expected, income is positively associated with the level of financial inclusion. Going beyond income, inequality, literacy and urbanisation are other important factors. Further, physical infrastructure for connectivity and information are also significantly associated with financial inclusion. Among the banking sector variables, NPA and CAR are negatively associated with financial inclusion. Government ownership of banks is not significantly associated with financial inclusion while foreign ownership is found to be negatively associated. Interest rate does not seem to be significantly associated with financial inclusion.Availability: (1)

Green equity : environmental justice for more inclusive growth /

by Khoday, Kishan | International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth | Perch, Leisa.

Publisher: Brasilia, Brazil International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 2012Description: PDF.Other title: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. Research.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2012 Bibliography : p. 5Summary: As we look back over the past twenty years, an important trend has been the rise of rights-based approaches and a transnational environmental justice movement in which citizens confront both the State and the international community on the impacts of growth on social and ecological well-being.Availability: (1)

Growing up in an inclusive Victoria : Submission to the Victorian Government on the blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 20 p. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission on the Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Government’s commitment to better integration of policies across early childhood and education as signalled by the newly established Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This integration opens up opportunities for targeted and sustained assistance to significantly improve the participation and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially Indigenous children. The Brotherhood also welcomes the continuing priority on strengthening educational achievement over the next five years through the proposed reform agenda. We strongly support the Government’s commitment to building the learning, skills and productivity of Victoria’s children and young adults. We therefore welcome the broad thrust of measures and investment announced in the 2008–09 State Budget. We support the three areas in the Blueprint on which the next phase of reform will focus: system development and reform, workforce reform and parent and community partnerships. We can see some acknowledgement of the important role that a child’s environment exerts on his or her development but there is not enough recognition of the impact of multiple disadvantage on children and the subsequent need for resources. We also have strong concerns regarding the lack of acknowledgment of the vital influence that social circumstances and more specifically social disadvantage exert on educational participation, commitment to learning and achievement. The social context of children and young people may include, for example, parents’ poor physical or mental health or learning disabilities, material deprivation, Indigenous or refugee background, homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Furthermore, there are other barriers that children and young people face in addition to those addressed in the discussion papers. These include learning difficulties and behavioural problems which impact strongly on educational participation and outcomes for individual students, as well as on the ability of teachers and schools to ameliorate the effects of disadvantage. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1), Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

In or out? Building an inclusive nation /

by Smyth, Paul | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Albert Park, Vic. The Australian Collaboration 2010; Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: 36 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 34-36 Part of a series of essays devoted to political, societal and environmental issues facing Australia Paul Smyth, General Manager Research and Policy Centre Brotherhood of St Laurence (2003-2013)Summary: In In or Out: Building an Inclusive Nation? Paul Smyth argues that it is high time that we embarked on a period of nation building the 'Australian way'. Our welfare system, he says, is out of date and we sorely need a new social policy architecture to shape the nation. Two key themes provide the bases of a radical policy renewal: the social inclusion agenda and the social investment state. The central challenge is to take social inclusion from being a tag attached to an ad hoc assortment of policies and programs directed at a few population groups and places unfortunate enough to be labeled 'socially excluded' to becoming the basis of a new Compact for a Fair Go.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2), BSL Archives (1).

Inclusive Employment 2012-2022 : a vision for supported employment /

by Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: By 2022, Australia will have a supported employment framework that provides economic and social participation benefits for people with disability, and for Australia. People with disability will have access to a supported employment framework that fully supports and enables their participation and inclusion in Australian society by providing services to obtain and retain quality employment. The supported employment system will align with other national frameworks that exist to provide support to people with disability, such as the National Disability Agreement, the National Disability Strategy, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.Availability: (1)

Inclusive green growth : for the future we want OECD work of relevance to Rio+20 /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2012Summary: Since the Rio Summit in 1992, some impressive progress has been achieved on the road to sustainable development. From 1992 to 2010, world GDP increased by almost 75% and GDP per capita by 40%, bringing with it widespread improvements in living standards while helping to lift hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty. Yet the fruits of this economic growth have not been equally distributed and poverty eradication still remains a pressing concern in many parts of the world. The distributional patterns of that growth, as reflected in wealth accumulation and well-being, has seen income and equity gaps widen in both developing and developed countries.Availability: (1)

Inclusive green growth : the pathway to sustainable development /

by Fay, Marianne | World Bank | Hallegatte, St phane.

Publisher: Washington, DC World Bank 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Inclusive Green Growth makes the case that greening growth is necessary, efficient, and affordable. Yet spurring growth without ensuring equity will thwart efforts to reduce poverty and improve access to health, education, and infrastructure services. Countries must make strategic investments and farsighted policy changes that acknowledge natural resource constraints and enable the world's poorest and most vulnerable to benefit from efficient, clean, and resilient growth. Like other forms of capital, natural assets are limited and require accounting, investment, and maintenance in order to be properly harnessed and deployed. By maximizing co-benefits and avoiding lock-in, by promoting smarter decisions in industry and society, and by developing innovative financing tools for green investment, we can afford to do the things we must. ; Contents: An analytical framework for green growth -- Fostering environment-friendly behavioral change through market and non-market mechanisms -- Innovation and other industrial policies -- Human capital: implications of green growth policies for labor markets and job creation -- Natural capital -- Physical capital: the role of infrastructure in green growth strategies -- Crafting a green growth strategy.Availability: (1)

Inclusive growth : a challenging opportunity /

by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited.

Publisher: Mumbai, India Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Private Limited 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011Summary: This paper elaborates the need to build Inclusive India and emphasizes why it is imperative to focus on inclusive growth now. It presents the opportunities available for building an inclusive India by identifying key levers in governance, education, energy and resources, telecom and technology, infrastructure, healthcare, financial inclusion, and business model innovation. It gives examples of initiatives undertaken by other countries to build inclusiveness, such as those by Thailand, Malaysia, Kenya, and The Gambia in the education sector. It also highlights some of the reasons why efforts to build an Inclusive India in the past have had only limited success and what can be done better in the future so that inclusive growth is realized. The paper further stresses upon the need for the public and the private sector to work in tandem and leverage each other's strengths to drive inclusive growth.Availability: (1)

Inclusive growth and a post-2015 framework /

by Bergh, Gina | Overseas Development Institute | Melamed, Claire.

Publisher: London, U.K. Overseas Development Institute 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2012 Bibliography : p. 8-9Summary: There is every reason to think that the political focus on growth and employment will only increase during the lifetime of any post-2015 agreement on development. A primary concern of people around the world, in developed and developing countries alike, is to have a job.18 However, as the global economic recovery remains fragile, both developed and developing countries grapple with the challenges of unemployment and poor working conditions, and with the political instability that may well follow.Availability: (1)

Inclusive growth in Australia : social policy as economic investment /

by Smyth, Paul (ed.) | Buchanan, John (ed.).

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2013Description: xxv, 290 p.Notes: Paul Smyth, Honorary Professor, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and was General Manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne (December 2002 - December 2013) John Buchanan is Professor and Director of the Workplace Research Centre (WRC) in the Sydney Business School. In recent years, John's research interests have focused on changes associated with the demise of the classical wage earner model of employment. He is especially interested in new approaches to integrating industrial relations, social and economic policies to achieve simultaneous improvements in productivity and fairness. Summary: Inclusive Growth in Australia overturns two decades of assumptions that social policy is wasteful and a source of dependency. It reflects a global resurgence of the understanding that an active and effective social policy regime is vital not only for a flourishing society, but also for a strong economy. It explains this new paradigm of inclusive growth and shows how it can be implemented in Australia. Inclusive growth dismantles the idea that social development will automatically trickle down from untrammelled market-based growth. Rather, growth must be managed so that it is employment-centred, broad-based across sectors and with a social security system promoting sustainability and equality of opportunity. The editors argue that productivity is 'nearly everything' when it comes to raising living standards. So while social policies will be about goals other than the economy, they must demonstrate their compatibility with an economic growth strategy. With contributions from leading national and international experts in the field including Marian Baird, Grant Belchamber, Gerald Burke, Saul Eslake, Roy Green and Peter Whiteford, Inclusive Growth in Australia shows that 'welfare state' spending is as much an economic investment as a measure of social protection. Written for policy makers, industry and NGOs as well as students, Inclusive Growth in Australia locates Australian economic and social policy within the most important emergent themes shaping international debate.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (5).

Northern prosperity is national prosperity: NEFC interim report /

by Northern Economic Futures Commission.

Publisher: Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR North) 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2012Summary: This interim report has been produced to: provide feedback to those who have contributed to our evidence gathering so far, reviewing what we have heard and our current thinking set out a group of core propositions about the past, present and future of the economy in the North of England on which we are inviting further response set out our plans for future research ahead of our final report, which will be published in the autumn, and invite partner engagement... The commission asserts that: The overall goal of economic development in the North of England should be to nurture open, sustainable and resilient economies in the North which make an enhanced contribution to the wider global and national economy, which accelerate economic transition, and which foster prosperity, opportunity and quality of life for its diverse people. This is underpinned by a number of policy objectives and a series of short- and long term indicators which include, but extend beyond, conventional measures of economic productivity. To achieve this vision, the commission proposes that we need a paradigm shift in ournational economic thinking which re-evaluates the significance of the North of England in relation to the national economic interest, and learns from our experience of the economic crisis. Our rationale is an economic and not just a social one, a national and not a parochial one, and one based on equal opportunity as well as fairness.Availability: (1)

OECD yearbook

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2011 -Description: pp.Online Access: Electronic copy OECD yearbook Summary: 2013 edition: People are the focus of the third edition of the OECD Yearbook, which looks at some of the key challenges that have resulted from over five years of global economic turmoil. OECD experts are joined by leaders from government, business, labour, academia and civil society to examine pressing questions.; 2012 edition: Towards a positive legacy of a terrible crisis: the title of the editorial by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría sets the tone in this second annual OECD Yearbook 2012. The 168 page volume, which is part of your OECD Observer subscription, features articles by renowned guests from government, business, trade unions and civil society who join OECD experts to take stock of the crisis and explore the key questions that confront the world economy in the year ahead, among which: •What lessons has the crisis taught us about economic policy making and the need for new approaches? •Will unemployed youths ever reach their full working potential? •How big a threat is inequality to growth and stability? •How do we really measure the progress of our societies?; 2011 edition: What is the state of world economy in 2011? How has the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes affected the future? What must be done to consolidate the recovery and bring in the reforms needed to avoid a similar crisis from happening again? As the OECD marks its 50th anniversary, world leaders and top representatives from business, labour and civil society join OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and OECD experts to examine today’s pressing issues in this inaugural OECD Yearbook 2011: •How should global governance adapt to shifting wealth? •How can we restore public finances and achieve sustainable growth? •What must be done to improve skills and cut unemployment? •How can we rebuild public trust in our economies and institutions? •What sources of growth can best build a cleaner, more prosperous future? •How can development be better promoted in the new global context? Availability: (1)

Pathways to social and economic inclusion : submission to the Australian government on employment services from 2015 / BSL

by Bowman, Dina | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Currie, Katrina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2013Description: 25 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This submission draws on our research, policy analysis and 'on the ground' experience of working with people who experience disadvantage in the labour market.Availability: (1)

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