Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 24 - October 2013

Issue 24 - October 2013


Inclusive Growth Bulletin



Welcome to the Twenty-fourth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning. The October 2013 issue presents the latest edition of the Poverty in Focus magazine, On the Middle Class. It explores the highly contested definition of the 'middle class' as a concept within the development context. This includes both quantitative and qualitative understandings, thus exposing the political-economic consequences of this category


IPC-IG Inaugurates it's New Office in Brasilia

To mark the IPC-IG's return to the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research's (Ipea) building and to launch the new editions of Poverty in Focus, a welcome reception was hosted by both Marcelo Neri, President of Ipea and Interim Minister of Secretariat of Strategic Affairs (SAE), and Jorge Chediek, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil and the IPC-IG Director. Check out the video interview about the work developed by the IPC-IG and upcoming projects here . In addition, access the photo gallery from the event here .


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Besides the Poverty in Focus, On the Middle Class edited by Michael MacLennan (IPC-IG) and Beatriz Magalhães (IPC-IG), this month the IPC-IG is launching a new series of Policy Briefs on Social Protection in Indonesia in partnership with TPN2K. The first policy brief of the series, written by Suahasil Nazara (TNP2K) and Sri Kusumastuti Rahayu (TNP2K), discusses the "Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH): Indonesian Conditional Cash Transfer Program". The IPC-IG also presents this month two studies related to food security and agriculture interventions. The Working Paper "Opportunities for Advancing Women's Sustainable and Green Livelihoods - Food Security, small-scale Women Farmers and Climate Change in Caribbean SIDS", and the One Pager, "Food Security, Small-scale Women Farmers and Climate Change in Caribbean SIDS", by Nidhi Tandon (UN Women and Networked Intelligence for Development), discuss the role of women in agriculture in relation to food security and sustainable development. The IPC-IG has also released a Technical Paper on Brazilian policies that strengthen food security for vulnerable populations and increase markets for small-holder farmers. It The Paper also includes a discussion on recent changes to the procurement of Brazil's school feeding programme.

The Working Paper "Fiscal Equity: Distributional Impacts of Taxation and Social Spending in Brazil", also available in the One Pager Format, by Fernando Gaiger Silveira (Ipea), Fernando Rezende (EBAPE/FGV), Jose Roberto Afonso (IBRE/FGV) and Johnatan Ferreira (consultant), discusses the relationship between taxation and income inequality in Brazil. Finally, the One Pager "Human Development Challenges of a Metropolis: Mumbai" by M.H. Suryanarayana (IGIDR), introduces an innovative way to look at differences in Human Development within metropolitan areas.

See the full list of publications here



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Check out the video interview with Armando Barrientos (Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and Senior Researcher at the Chronic Poverty Research Centre) which provides insight into his new book "Social Assistance in Developing Countries". Also read his One Pager summarizing the key messages of the book.




International Conference on Sustainability and Promotion of the Middle Class

The international conference was held by the Presidency's Secretariat for Strategic Affairs (Secretaria de Assuntos Estratégicos da Presidência da República SAE/PR) and the National Economic and Social Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social BNDES) on the 25th September in Rio de Janeiro. The initiative aimed to bring together international organisations, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), the Asian Development Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) , to promote open discussions pertaining to the issues affecting the global Middle Class. The IPC-IG Poverty in Focus "On the Middle Class" was launched at this event.


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FAO holds a workshop on the Protection to Production (PtoP) research project

The From Protection to Production (PtoP) project held a seminar at FAO headquarters in Rome, 24-25th September to discuss the results of the evaluations of cash transfer programmes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.




The IPC-IG celebrates World Food Day 2013 and launches a new study

The study "Structured Demand and Smallholder farmers in Brazil: the case of PAA and PNAE" was launched jointly by the IPC-IG and The Centre of Excellency against Hunger of the World Food Program to celebrate World Food Day. The study supplies new data about the Food Acquisition Program (PAA) and the National School Feeding Programme (PNAE).


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The IPC-IG promoted a Webinar with the Inter-American Social Protection Dialogue (IASPD)

The Sixth IASPD Dialogue happened was held last Tuesday, October 22, 2013 and it had to discuss the theme "Brasil sem Miseria Plan and the Recent Changes in Bolsa Familia". Rafael Osorio (Ipea) and Fabio Veras (IPC-IG) explained presented the Brasil Sem Miseria Plan, and analyzed how it modified the benefit structure of the Bolsa Familia Programme in terms of its potential contribution to overcoming extreme poverty.


Upcoming Events

The IV Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) meeting will take place in Brussels on the 29th October. SPIAC-B is an inter-agency coordination mechanism— composed of representatives of international organizations and bilateral institutions— to enhance global coordination and advocacy on social protection issues and to coordinate international cooperation in country demand-driven actions. Fabio Veras and Mariana Hoffmann from the IPC-IG are presenting a new proposal for the social protection gateway ( atin this meeting.

The Scoping Conference "The Links between Social Inclusion and Sustainable Growth" will be held in The Hague, 30-31 October. The objective of the conference is to identify research gaps and needs regarding the linkages between social protection policies and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. The outcomes will be further elaborated by the Knowledge Platform Development Policies, a platform established by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fabio Veras (IPC-IG) will discuss the global debate on South-South learning on Social Protection.

SPIAC-B Workshop: Towards Better Data on Coverage and Impact of Social Protection: The Role of Household Survey Data November 4-5 in Paris. The workshop is organized by the World Bank in partnership with ILO, and other agencies. It aims to share knowledge and experience among agencies and countries to ensure quality and consistency of data in the social protection arena.

The Sub-Regional Ministerial Dialogue on Social Protection and Poverty Reduction, with a focus on the provision of social services and family support, is to be held in Quito, Ecuador, between 7th and 8th of November. The IPC-IG will take part in the workshop, where Fabio Veras will make a presentation about Social Services and Welfare.

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This month Brazil celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Bolsa Familia Programme, a conditional cash transfer programme that lifted 40 million Brazilians from extreme poverty. New publications about the programme will be featured in next month's issue. In the meantime, access the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger's special webpage dedicated to the programme here.