Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 34 - September 2014


Issue 34 - September 2014


The IPC-IG celebrates its 10th anniversary!

This month in the Inclusive Growth Bulletin, we report on a number of special initiatives to mark the IPC-IG's 10 year anniversary celebration, including a 2-day International Seminar on social protection and labour markets and the launch of multiple materials such as the revamped website, the second volume of the IPC-IG Collection of One Pagers and a commemorative video.

Founded in 2004, the IPC-IG is guided by a partnership agreement between the UNDP and the Government of Brazil, represented by the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (SAE/PR). After 10 years producing and disseminating policy-based research, the IPC-IG reaffirms its mission as the UNDP's global forum for South-South dialogue and learning around innovative social policies for inclusive growth.

We would like to thank all of our partners, donors and staff for your trust, collaboration and enthusiasm. We look forward to many more decades of the IPC-IG!



The "Social protection, entrepreneurship and labour market activation – Evidence for better policies" Seminar was held in Brasilia on 10-11 September to mark the UN Day for South-South Cooperation and celebrate the IPC-IG's 10 year Anniversary. Discussions focused on what has been learned so far and remaining knowledge gaps on the linkages between social protection programmes and access to jobs, entrepreneurship and women's economic empowerment.

The event was promoted by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the Colombian Think Tank Fedesarrollo. It gathered around 80 policymakers and experts from Latina America, Asia and Africa.

Visit the event's website for more information, including the presentations and pictures.

Read the reports on Day 1, Day 2 and Policy Forum.

One Pagers Collection


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the IPC-IG has produced a compilation of one of its most popular research publications, the One Pagers. The collection covers a number of social development issues, such as inclusive growth, social protection, sustainable agriculture and food security, climate change, social transfers, productive inclusion and the Millennium Development Goals.

The second volume of One Pagers (numbered 100 to 199) follows the first volume, published in 2009.

The One Pagers Collection is available in PDF format andon the ISSUU platform.




10 years of IPC-IG

In this compilation of interviews, past and current staff and key partners share their memories and views and reflect on the IPC-IG's history and work.



In the working paper An Exploratory Analysis of The Effects of the Formalisation Policy for Individual Micro-entrepreneurs by Carlos Henrique L. Corseuil (Ipea), Marcelo Neri (SAE/PR) and Gabriel Ulyssea (Ipea) the authors present an exploratory analysis of the potential impacts of the Individual Entrepreneur Law introduced in July 2009, in Brazil, with the aim of partially clarifying whether the policy was successful in promoting: i) micro-entrepreneurship in Brazil; and ii) the formalisation of entrepreneurs. Gathered evidence and specific methodologies were used for each one of these two issues, followed by their integrated analysis. Regarding the promotion of micro-entrepreneurship, there is evidence that the policy may have been successful. It seems to have had a positive impact on the formalisation of individual entrepreneurs regarding social security contributions, but not in the rate of registration in the National Register of Legal Entities (CNPJ). A One Pager version is also available.

The One Pager, Climate Variability in Semi-arid Brazil: Food Insecurity, Agricultural Production and Adjustment to Perceived Changes by Patricia S. Mesquita and Marcel Bursztyn (University of Brasilia) and Hannah Wittman (University of British Columbia) provides a brief analysis of the local vulnerability during the 2012 drought that affected 174 municipalities in the state of Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil, one of the most susceptible to the impacts of climate change in the country. 233 family farmers in four municipalities of Ceará were interviewed regarding food security, production, climate change perception and productive adjustments. The authors urge rural development and social protection programmes, as well as making use of geographical and social targeting, in order to tackle the upcoming challenges related to climate variability and change.

In How to Engage Parliamentarians in Evaluation, Asela Kalugampitiya (EvalPartners), Lívia Maria da Costa Nogueira and Paola De Orte (IPC-IG,UNDP) summarise the main issues raised in an online discussion on 'How to Engage Parliamentarians in Evaluation' hosted by the IPC-IG as a follow-up to the 18 National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) commitments adopted during the last NEC conference in São Paulo. The publication highlights successful initiatives aimed at engaging parliamentarians, challenges in developing strong National Evaluation Policies (NEPs), contributions on how to strengthen and enhance evaluation policies and outlooks for the future.

The Policy Research Brief A Profile of the Middle Class in Latin American Countries 2001–2011 by Leopoldo Tornarolli (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina), presents a profile of the middle class for 18 Latin American countries for the period between 2001 and 2011, adopting the definition of middle class proposed by the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil (SAE/PR). Following the results of a previous brief that showed significant shifts in income distributions in these countries within that period, it discusses information regarding demography, housing and infrastructure services, education, the labour situation and sources of income, concluding that there are important socio-economic differences between household belonging to the lower class and those belonging to the middle class.


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

The Programa Bolsa Família and its Relevance for the ILO's Concept of the Social Protection Floor by Helmut Schwazer (International Labour Organization). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

The Impact of the Expansion of the Programa Bolsa Família on School Attendance by Lia Chitolina (University of São Paulo), Miguel Nathan Foguel (Institute for Applied Economic Research) and Naercio Menezes-Filho (Insper and University of São Paulo). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here


National Evaluation Capacities (NEC)


From July to August 2014, the IPC-IG hosted an e-discussion on "How to Engage Parliamentarians in Evaluation" at the NEC platform. Contributors from Malawi, Morocco, Kenya, Uganda, Finland and Sri Lanka shared their experience in implementing National Evaluation Policies (NEP) and in engaging parliamentarians to ensure policymakers make good use of evaluation. To present the results of this debate, the IPC-IG joined the event "South Asia Regional consultation on National Evaluation Policies", promoted by the Parliamentarians Forum for Development Evaluation (PFDE). The next NEC e-discussion has already been launched, and the theme is "The Role of Public Registries, Administrative Records and National Statistics in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies". Visit the NEC website to participate in the discussion.

UNDP Brazil launches Iniciativa Incluir

The UNDP Brazil Country Office in collaboration with other partners has launched the Iniciativa Incluir, a platform to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange fostering social inclusion processes through sustainable business practices and promoting partnerships. It aims to broaden and replicate innovative business models that include society's most vulnerable people in all cycles of production in companies, from suppliers to employees and customers. Click here for more information (in Portuguese).