Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 30 - June 2014
  Issue 30 - June 2014  

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the Thirtieth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The June 2014 issue launches new publications on economic policy options and institutional reforms in Namibia, a comparative institutional history of IBSA and BRICS, on the evolution of income inequality in Latin America, and on Brazilian innovations in social protection, as well as news and updates on the IPC-IG's activities and a new video interview on the State of Rio de Janeiro social protection programmes.



In the Working Paper, "Mobilising Domestic Resources for Development Financing In Namibia — Constraints and Opportunities", Ojijo Odhiambo (UNDP Namibia) and Emmanuel Ziramba (University of Namibia) discuss some economic policy options and institutional reforms to promote development financing in Namibia, including stimulating sustained investment and external borrowing. Such efforts are seen to have the capacity to contribute to Namibia realising its ambition of becoming an industrialised and developed country. A One Pager version by Ojijo Odhiambo is also available.

"Brazil: Strengthening Resilience through an Innovative Income-led Strategy", a One Pager by Bruno De Conti (University of Campinas, Brazil), explores the two dimensions of Brazil’s recent economic resilience - external and internal - and how they have contributed to internal income distribution and economic growth. Political will and higher rates of infrastructure investment are recognised as crucial to Brazil’s continued poverty and inequality reduction. 

An overview of the Programa Nacional de Ensino Técnico e Emprego (Pronatec — National Programme for Access to Technical Education and Employment) is offered in the One Pager "Professional Qualification in the Urban Productive Inclusion Strategy of Plano Brasil Sem Miséria" by Patrícia Vieira da Costa and Luiz Herberto Müller (Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger - MDS). The programme is the flagship initiative in urban areas for productive inclusion of the Brasil Sem Miséria plan. It comments on the major challenges the programme had to overcome in order to offer vocational training for segments of the population who had difficulties accessing them. A Portuguese version is also available.

In the Policy Research Brief "Digesting the Alphabet Soup: a Comparative Institutional History of IBSA and BRICS" by Pedro Lara de Arruda and Ashleigh Kate Slingsby (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth/UNDP), the authors provide comparative insight into these two prominent interregional cooperative mechanisms of the Global South. They offer recommendations to these groupings in order to avoid duplicating functions while optimizing their roles in international relations at large.

The Policy Research Brief, "The Evolution of Income Distribution in Latin America 2001–2011" by Leopoldo Tornarolli (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina) offers an updated study on the evolution of income inequality in 16 Latin American countries and in the region as a whole for the period 2001–2011. It starts by briefly presenting the data used to produce the results, followed by a discussion of the main results.


There are also Portuguese, Arabic, French and Spanish versions of two One Pagers:

"Bolsa Família and Household Labour Supply", by Alan de Brauw, Daniel O. Gilligan, John Hoddinott and Shalini Roy (International Food Policy Research Institute). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

"Socio-economic Profile of Programa Bolsa Família Recipients:What Does the Single Registry Reveal?", by Camila Fracaro Camargo, Claudia Regina Baddini Curralero, Elaine Cristina Licio and Joana Mostafa, (Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger - MDS). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here



The IPC-IG's Seminar Series

The IPC-IG was pleased to launch our 2014 Seminar Series on May 23rd. Mr Ben McKay, of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands, presented on "New Dynamics and Trajectories of Agrarian Change in Bolivia: The Soy Complex and ‘de-peasantization". He provided historical insight and delivered an overview of the soy complex in Bolivia, mainly in Santa Cruz, the country’s most productive agricultural region, exposing the dynamics at play for small holder farmers. You can read a review and see the slide of his presentation in our Press Room.

NEC's first round of e-discussion has started

Experts, practitioners, and decision-makers are invited to participate in the first round of online discussions on the National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) space. The first topic is on "How to engage Parliamentarians to promote demand and use evaluation". The results of this and of following online discussion rounds will be shared at a number of topic-related conferences, culminating in various publications. Last month, NEC introduced its revamped online space for discussion in cooperation with the UNDP International Evaluation Office (IEO). You can join the discussion here.


African countries discuss institutional markets as tool for food security

On June 2nd 2014, representatives from eight African countries, Brazil and the UN gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Purchase from Africans for Africa and Institutional Markets Knowledge Sharing Seminar. The event aimed at promoting knowledge exchange on local food purchase for food assistance, as tools for recovery and resilience. The IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, Diana Sawyer attended the Seminar and noted the urgent need to establish procedures for monitoring and impact evaluation of the PAA Africa programme. Read more about the event here.


Brazil's progress towards achieving the MDGs

The 5th National Monitoring Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which highlights Brazil's overall positive balance in fulfilling its MDG targets, was launched during the 5th Edition of the Brazil MDG Awards in Brasilia. The event took place on 21st-23rd of May and it was organized by the government of Brazil in collaboration with UNDP Brazil. You can read more here.



Complementary Actions to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in Brazil 

The IPC-IG's series of videos on the recent innovations in social protection policies in Latin America presents a video by Antonio Claret, Assistant Secretary for Social Welfare and Human Rights of Rio de Janeiro. In the video, he talks about the social protection programmes implemented by the State of Rio de Janeiro that target extreme poor and youth populations.


  • The International Conference on Graduation and Social Protection, held in May 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda was co-hosted by the Ministry of Local Government in the Government of Rwanda, and the Centre for Social Protection at the UK Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The conference brought together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers, to review the state of knowledge and thinking on graduation as well as to explore how social protection can contribute to building resilient livelihoods for poor, vulnerable and food insecure people across the world. All the follow-up materials to the conference can be accessed here.