Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 35 - October 2014
  Issue 35 - October 2014  

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the Thirty-fifth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The October 2014 issue launches new publications on social programmes and job promotion strategies for the youth in BRICS countries, Indonesia's cash tranfer programme targeted at poor students, a new One Pager series on Social Protection Systems in Latin America, and translated insights into the impact and future of Brazil's Bolsa Familia Programme (BFP). News and updates on the IPC-IG's South-South Learning activities and a new video on the BFP's conditionalities, as featured on the World Without Poverty Initiative's October Newsletter are also presented.


One Pager Series


This series of One Pagers is a joint initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the IPC-IG to disseminate knowledge on the current status of social protection systems in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and at discussing their main challenges in terms of realizing the economic and social rights of the population and achieving key development goals, such as combating poverty and hunger. Despite differences in their histories and economic development, Latin American and Caribbean countries are now at the forefront of efforts to expand the coverage of social protection by implementing various types of transfers, including conditional cash transfer programmes and social pensions, and expanding health protection. One of the key challenges that the countries of the region face, however, is integrating the various initiatives within social protection systems capable of coordinating the different programmes and State institutions responsible for designing, financing, implementing, regulating, monitoring and evaluating programmes. The full versions of the studies are available on ECLAC's Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean webpage.

This month, the One Pagers look into the Social Protection Systems of Peru (English. Spanish) and Paraguay (English. Spanish).



The IPC-IG has published a Portuguese translation of the report "Solutions Related to Challenges of Independence, Credibility and Use of Evaluation", published by the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP. The report exposes the importance of independent, consultative and inclusive national evaluations for the achievement of credible results for the realization of evidence based policies. The report is based on the proceedings from the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities held in Sao Paulo, Brazil between 30 September and 2 October 2013.

In the Working Paper Social Programmes and Job Promotion for the BRICS Youth, by Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG) and Ashleigh Kate Slingsby (IPC-IG), the authors explore employment policies catering to the youth among the BRICS nations. The paper presents the diverse definitions of youth as well as insight into the re-politicisation of youth as a category. It is then determined to what extent this repoliticisation has stimulated the creation of decent and productive employment for youth among the BRICS nations, and to what extent these agendas have been undermined by the 2008 Financial Crisis. A One Pager version, focusing on the impact of the Financial Crisis, is also available.

The Policy Research Brief, Bantuan Siswa Miskin (BSM): Indonesian Cash Transfer Programme for Poor Students, by Dyah Larasati and Fiona Howell (Secretariat of the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction - TNP2K, Indonesia), presents Indonesia's BSM programme which contributes to covering indirect education costs. Targeting, coverage and take-up rates are exposed as central challenges to the programme. Even so, BSM is found to plays a critical role in supporting poor students thereby contributing to poverty reduction and the achievement of Indonesia's national development goals. The paper is also available in Bahasa, French and Spanish.


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

"Programa Bolsa Família and the Recent Decline in Regional Income Inequality in Brazil", by Raul da Mota Silveira Neto (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) and Carlos Roberto Azzoni (Universidade de São Paulo). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

"What is the Future of the Bolsa Família?", by Celia Lessa Kerstenetzky (Centre for the Study of Inequality and Development - CEDE). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here

South-South Dialogue


PAA Africa Partnership

The IPC-IG is partnering with PAA Africa ('Purchase from Africans for Africa') to be the leading Brazilian research institution responsible for coordinating the initiative's Monitoring and Evaluation and knowledge management activities. The purpose of these activities is to provide evidence on the challenges and benefits of local food purchases useful to both the programme and national and international related discussions.

PAA Africa is a joint initiative of the Brazilian government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to support local food procurement from smallholder farmers for school meals.


The IPC-IG hosts Study Tour for Jamaican delegation in Chile and Peru

From 6-11 October, the IPC-IG, in partnership with UNDP country offices of Jamaica, Chile and Peru, organized a Study Tour for the staff of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). The aim of the Study Tour was to learn about social protection experiences of Chile and Peru. Under the technical support of Pedro Arruda (IPC-IG researcher), the Jamaican staff had the opportunity to meet with managers of different social policies and programmes in these countries. The Jamaican team also met with statistical agencies that conduct the main studies on poverty and employment in Chile and Peru. The purpose of the Study Tour was to introduce the Jamaican team to good practices that could eventually inform the creation of a new foundational document titled "The Poverty Reduction Policy", dedicated to the fight against poverty in Jamaica, intended for publication next year.

National Evaluation Capacities (NEC)

The IPC-IG, together with the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development (MDS) and the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) is organizing a seminar on "The Role of Public Registries, Administrative Records and National Statistics in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Public Policies", to take place in Rio de Janeiro, on 3-4 November. The event will bring together officials from Brazilian Ministries' M&E Divisions, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, members of the Brazilian Social Statistics Committee, representatives from Official Statistics Institutions in Developing Countries and participants of the Third NEC, to discuss and exchange international experiences in producing statistical information for M&E of policies, programs and strategies aimed at overcoming poverty.

The IPC-IG and the IEO also supported the participation of parliamentarians from Africa and Latin-America in the "Towards a Global Parliamentarians Forum for Development Evaluation" meeting that took place in Dublin, during the 11th Biennial Conference of the European Evaluation Society, on 2-3 October, aimed at building stronger connections between parliamentarians interested in evaluation.

Brazil's progress towards achieving the MDGs

The IPC-IG participated at the Regional Forum for Financial Inclusion and Education in Latin America and Caribbean held in Santiago, Chile, from 30 September to 1 October. The Forum was organized by the FOSIS; the Agencies for International Cooperation of Chile and Japan, AGCI and JICA; the Table for Financial Education (MEF); and Proyecto Capital.
More than 200 participants from Perú, Bolivia, Chile, México, Venezuela, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Paraguay were registered during the seminar. Its aim was to link academic research and practical experience in order to disseminate existing programmes and inspire innovative initiatives. The IPC-IG is actively observing the ongoing activities as it has contributed in the past to important programme evaluations. In addition, the IPC-IG will feature discussions around "Financial Inclusion and Education" on its future platform for knowledge sharing and learning



Conditionalities of the Bolsa Familia Programme 

The third edition of the World Without Poverty Initiative's Newsletter features resources addressing Brazil's experience in managing the Bolsa Família Programme's (BFP) conditionalities. It features a video, part of a series for the training of managers and technicians on the BFP and the Single Registry, explaining its conditionalities in the areas of education and health. The newsletter is also available in Portuguese and Spanish.