Quality Certificate assignment
Published:
16 November 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Customer-centric
Multi-channel
Quality assessment
Guideline:
Service Quality

Quality of service has been a constant commitment of social security institutions, knowing that user satisfaction shapes citizens' perception, experience and trust in public services. This article shows how institutions have implemented approaches outlined in the ISSA Guidelines on Service Quality and highlights the importance of providing quality services that are user-centred to generate greater value for members.

Old woman counting coins from her wallet
Published:
19 October 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Old-age pensions
Extension of coverage
Population ageing

Ensuring adequate social security coverage for an ageing population is an important priority for governments and the global membership of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Social pensions, also known as zero pillar or non-contributory pensions, complement contributory social insurance systems by providing a guaranteed source of income for people not adequately protected by other forms of social security. In doing so, they expand overall social protection and can be a powerful tool for combating old-age poverty, promoting social inclusion, and mitigating the impacts of labour market inequalities.

Omnichannel marketing concept
Published:
12 October 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Technological transition
Communication
Multi-channel
Continuity and resilience
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology
Communication by Social Security Administrations

Communication plays an essential role in social security institutions so that members and beneficiaries have access to the information necessary to exercise their rights and fulfil their obligations through the services provided, as well as developing a social security culture. This article presents experiences of multi-channel communication strategies implemented by social security institutions in the Americas, which strengthened existing communication channels and developed new digital channels.

Courier delivering food with thermal backpack
Published:
25 August 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Digital economy
Labour protection

A sizeable portion of the work force in the Americas engages in the platform economy, whether as a main or supplementary source of income. This article presents reforms and developments in the region that already have had, or that may have, an impact on the employment status and social protection of platform workers.

Resilience business for sustainable and inclusive growth concept
Published:
10 August 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Health insurance
E-services
Technological transition
Service quality
Continuity and resilience
COVID-19
Guideline:
Continuity and Resilience of Social Security Services and Systems

Institutional resilience and the need to maintain operational continuity are concepts widely recognised in social security as the main indispensable characteristics for providing services to the population in the event of natural disasters or unforeseen catastrophic events. This has manifested itself over the years in efforts to strengthen processes, infrastructure and the resources that institutions have available to cope with different crises.

Digital transformation concept. Binary code. AI (Artificial Intelligence).
Published:
27 July 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Innovation capacity
Human resource management
Business process
Technological transition
Service quality
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology
Human Resource Management in Social Security Administration

There is no single strategy towards digital transformation in social security institutions. This article shows how, through different approaches, institutions in the Americas have been able to move from an initial digitization of processes and services to a broader and more agile strategy of digital transformation, breaking paradigms and operating models.

Social media networking. Abstract concept with wooden pieces on blue background.
Published:
4 July 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Occupational accidents and diseases
Coordination
ICT governance
Difficult-to-cover groups
Multi-channel
Service delivery
Bilateral agreements
Cash transfers

Social security systems are increasingly interconnected – across different agencies within the sector, with organizations in other sectors and with systems in other countries. Furthermore, in complex environments, even within the same institution, different organizational units are becoming progressively specialized, autonomous, or geographically focused. As a result, the strategic and operational activities in which social security institutions are engaged often require the involvement and coordination of multiple actors working at different levels to achieve effective results.

Wealth stock illustration
Published:
23 June 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Contribution collection and compliance
COVID-19
Guideline:
Service Quality
Contribution Collection and Compliance
Information and Communication Technology
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

Contribution collection and compliance plays a fundamental role in social security as it helps to ensure the sustainability of social security systems and promotes a higher level of coverage among workers. As the ISSA Guidelines on Contribution Collection and Compliance (ISSA, 2019) put it, “The timely and full payment of contributions by and on behalf of insured persons is necessary if they are to achieve the benefits to which they are legally entitled”.

Companions working at a happy call center
Published:
19 November 2021
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Governance and administration
Information and communication technology
Contribution collection and compliance
Service quality
Error, evasion and fraud

In the Americas, as in the rest of the world, social security is a powerful instrument through which the public feels the presence of government. The quality of the social security experience is an important gauge of public satisfaction with government and political leadership; administrators thus have a compelling reason to strive for excellence in the administration of social security programmes.

Published:
12 November 2021
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Americas
Topic:
Extension of coverage

Extending and maintaining social security coverage stands out as a perennial challenge for social security administrations in the Americas. The rapidly  evolving needs of different population groups, especially children, women and the elderly, as well as economic and sociopolitical changes and demographic and technological transitions, have brought about societal transformations with an ever-increasing number of people in need of social security protection.