Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 32 - August 2014
  Issue 32 - August 2014  

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the Thirty-second Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The August 2014 issue launches a new Policy in Focus on 'Development without Deforestation' and new publications on the middle class in Latin America. There are also news and updates on the IPC-IG's latest activities as well as a new video interview on the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing cash-transfer programmes in developing countries.


Policy in Focus


This month the IPC-IG and UNDP Brazil launch the latest Policy in Focus, 'Development without Deforestation', by Carlos Ferreira de Abreu Castro and Guilherme B. R. Lambais. The issue includes thirteen articles aimed at contributing to the growing literature dedicated to promoting human development while simultaneously preserving forests of the Global South. Ensuring sustainable development in frontier areas in forest regions is a central challenge of our time. Thus, the contributing authors present some of the ongoing discussions concerning these regions of the Amazon and the Himalayas, including the themes of deforestation, degradation and their juxtaposed or complementary relationship with development.

The Policy in Focus is available in English (PDF and ISSUU) and Portuguese (PDF and ISSUU)



In the Working Paper 'The Evolution of the Middle Class in Latin America', by Leopoldo Tornarolli (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina) the author traces the emergence and evolution of the middle class in Latin America between 2001–2011, adopting the definition of middle class proposed by the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil (SAE/PR). The study employs data from household surveys, using absolute income thresholds to identify whether or not a household is part of this socio-economic group. The results confirm that the region's middle class has experienced a significant increase in the last decade. A One Pager version is also available.


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

A Substitute for Substitution: Bolsa Família's Effectson the Combination of Work and School for Children and Adolescents Aged 10–18 by Fernando Gaiger Silveira (Institute for Applied Economic Research), Ross van Horn (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin) and Bernardo Campolina (CEDEPLAR/UFMG). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

Social Transfers: Incentives and Disincentives to Labour Insertion and Income Generation by Simone Cecchini (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here


Impacts of Growth on Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria


On Monday, July 28, Jude Okechukwu Chukwu (Department of Economics, University of Nigeria and Visiting Research Fellow, IPC-IG) introduced his research, presenting his empirical findings in a presentation titled "Growth, Redistribution and Inequality Effects on Poverty Changes in Nigeria", as part of the IPC-IG's Seminar Series. He delved into the patterns of growth and inequality in Nigeria, as well as on the extent of pro-poor policies and inclusive growth in the country. Read more here.

Upcoming Webinar

The World Without Poverty Initiative (WWP) in partnership with the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will host a Webinar on the Brazilian Single Registry, in Spanish, on 3 September from 12-1:30pm (BRT). The Single Registry Director, Joana Mostafa (speaker - Brazil's Ministry of Social Development), Alexandra Barrantes (moderator - IASPN) and Margaret Grosh (discussant - OAS). More information on how to participate will be available soon on our Press Room. Additionally you can follow the hashtag #wwpwebinar on Twitter and Facebook.



Recent Innovations in Cash Transfer Programmes in Peru and Ecuador

Another video of the series 'Recent innovations in social protection policies in Latin America' interviews Simone Cecchini, Economist at the Social Development Division of ECLAC, about conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes in Ecuador ("Bono de Desarrollo Humano") and Peru ("Juntos"). He also highlights the role of civil society in ensuring accountability and transparency of CCT prgrammes

Upcoming Events

The IPC-IG will be attending or supporting the following events:

  • The IPC-IG in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is organising the International Seminar "Social Protection, Entrepreneurship and Labour Market Activation: Evidence for Better Policies" on 10-11 September, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Seminar will be followed by a celebration of IPC-IG's 10th Anniversary.
  • On 21 August, CEBRAP (Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning) and the Institute for Human Development (IDH-India) are promoting a Workshop on "Development, Labour and Inequality: The Brazilian and Indian Experiences". During the event, researchers will present preliminary findings of the Research Project "Labour market inequality in Brazil and India", a comparative study, carried out by CEBRAP and the IDH with support from IDRC. Rafael Osório (Ipea/Sae-PR) and Diana Sawyer, Research Coordinator, will represent IPC-IG.
  • The World Without Poverty – Brazilian Learning Initiative (WWP) is organizing the Technical Workshop "Measuring and characterizing poverty in its eradication context: the limits of classic indicators and new methodological approaches" on 26 August, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • The 6th International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC) will be held on 27-28 October 2014 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This edition's theme is "Social Protection in Africa: Making it Work for Children" and is being organized by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), a pan-African institute for policy research and dialogue. The 5th edition of the Larissa Award will also be given at a ceremony to be held on 28th October, and nominations for individual or civil society in Africa are being received. For more information on the event and nominations for the award, click here.