Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 38 - January/February 2015


Issue 38 - January/February 2015

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Happy new year and welcome to the thirty-eighth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The January/February 2015 issue launches new One Pagers on Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Productive Impacts of Cash Transfers series, as well as new publications on the effectiveness of Public Work Programmes in Namibia, on recommendations to the debate surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and translated versions of a One Pager on job promotion for youth in the BRICS countries. There are also news and updates on the IPC-IG's policy dialogue activities.


New Platform on Yemen Report


We are proud to announce the launch of a platform dedicated to the Yemen National Social Protection Monitoring Survey (NSPMS). The website makes available new data and NSPMS reports covering several socioeconomic dimensions. It aims at encouraging research, disseminating knowledge and informing on improvements of social protection programmes in Yemen.

Researchers, practitioners and policy makers have open access to recent data on how poor and vulnerable populations have coped after the 2011 crisis in Yemen. The downloadable data merges some of the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) administrative information with the survey data, allowing for detailed analysis of targeting and of the effects of the SWF, Yemen's largest cash transfer programme.

The NSPMS was designed and implemented by UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the IPC-IG/UNDP and Interaction in Development.


Productive impacts of cash transfers

In this edition, we launch two new One Pagers featuring the cases of Zambia and Malawi as part of the From Protection to Production (PtoP)'s series, aimed at bringing insights on impact evaluations of cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

- "Productive Impacts of the Child Grant Programme in Zambia" by Silvio Daidone, Benjamin Davis and Joshua Dewbre (FAO); Mario González-Flores (American University); Sudhanshu Handa (University of North Carolina); David Seidenfeld (American Institutes for Research); and Gelson Tembo (Palm Associates). French. Portuguese. Spanish.

- "The Impacts of Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Programme on Community Dynamics" by Pamela Pozarny (FAO) and Clare O'Brien (Oxford Policy Management). French. Portuguese. Spanish.

Social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean

The experiences of Brazil and Mexico are highlighted in the continuation of the series of One Pagers developed in partnership with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The full versions of the studies can be found on ECLAC's webpage.

- "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil" by Claudia Robles and Vlado Mirosevic (ECLAC) is also available in Spanish.

- "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico" by Enrique Valencia Lomelí (University of Guadalajara) is also available in Spanish.

In the One Pager "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Less is More!", Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares and Rafael Guerreiro Osório (Ipea) reflect on the evolution of development goals from the launch of the first Human Development Report (HDR) to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) strategy, to conclude that debates surrounding SDGs should keep the focus on goals and targets, and less on policy.

The Working Paper "Are Public Works Programmes Effective in Reinforcing Social Protection Systems? Evidence from Northern Namibia", by Ojijo Odhiambo, Johannes Ashipala and Fabian Mubiana (UNDP Namibia), uses data and information from a survey conducted in northern Namibia to analyse the effectiveness of public works programmes (PWPs) in creating employment, reducing poverty and reinforcing existing social protection systems in the country. It confirms the positive effect of PWPs in participants' socio-economic well-being and suggests the design of complementary policies and programmes that promote long-term investments in rural areas so that PWPs can be even more effective in reinforcing the existing social protection system.

Also available in a One Pager version by Ojijo Odhiambo.


There is also a One Pager translated into Portuguese, Arabic, French and Spanish:

The One Pager "The BRICS Youth, the Financial Crisis and Job Promotion", by Ashleigh Kate Slingsby and Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG) is available in Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here


Combating illiteracy in Northeast Brazil

Through an agreement with UNDP Brazil, the IPC-IG will conduct a policy analysis of the educational system in the city of Maceió, in the northeastern state of Alagoas, to eliminate the high level of illiteracy that hinders human and economic development in the metropolitan region.

New partnership for Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality in Sub-Saharan Africa


The IPC-IG, UNDP and DFID have joined forces to promote poverty reduction and gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa. A new partnership was signed to implement the "Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation" project, aimed at fostering knowledge on poverty reduction strategies, gender equality and women's empowerment, with a focus on ending violence against women and increasing their economic inclusion. Activities will be carried out by UNDP, the IPC-IG, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women in partnership with the Brazil's Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS), the Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM), and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

Internship Programme

The IPC-IG is among the institutions selected to receive interns from the Carlo Schmid Programme, jointly run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German National Academic Foundation. The Programme aims to promote the development of problem solving and professional skills in international administrative contexts for outstanding German graduate students, interested in the international administration area. The DAAD offers scholarships for Internship Programs at International Organizations and EU Institutions for a period of 3 to 6 months. The deadline for applications is 1 March, 2015. More information is available here.



IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, Fabio Veras, attended Kenya's "Enhancing Synergy in Social Protection Delivery" Conference that took place in Nairobi from 27-30 April, where he gave a presentation on Brazil's Productive Inclusion experience. The conference aimed at discussing the current state of Kenya's Social Protection Policy (2012) implementation, in light of a massive scale up and expansion of its National Safety Net Programme and move towards an integrated Social Protection System.

The presentations from the International Conference on Social Protection: Building Effective and Sustainable Systems for Equitable Growth Perspectives, Policies and Best Practices which took place in Arusha, Tanzania from 15-17 December 2014 are now available here. See our coverage of Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of the event.


The IPC-IG and Ipea attended the 6th Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) meeting in New York City on 3 February. The members analysed the positioning of bilateral and multilateral agencies regarding Social Protection targets and indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the post-2015 agenda.

Upcoming Policy in Focus

The IPC-IG is also pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Policy in Focus publications on 'The effects of cash transfers on local economies' and "Is there a Brazilian model of development?" (produced in conjunction with Ipea).