Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 39 - March 2015

ssue 39 - March 2015


Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The March 2015 issue brings a revealing interview with Márcia Lopes, Brazil's former-Minister of Social Development, concerning the dialogue around social policies between Brazil and Africa. New publications highlight lessons learned from the Brazilian experience in helping vulnerable populations get out of poverty, as well as evidence from countries in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The latest information about IPC's activities and recent participation in events covering social protection topics are also available. We wish you a pleasant reading!


Brazil-Africa Dialogue


We interviewed Márcia Lopes, Brazil's former Minister of Social Development. She talked about her experiences and views on the Brazil-Africa cooperation: what social policies interest African countries, lessons learned and challenges to be overcome.


In the Policy Research Brief "Social Technologies and Public Policies in Brazil" by Fabio Veras Soares (Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and IPC-IG) and Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG) the authors aim to document the social technologies (STs) that have strongly influenced public policies in Brazil as well as government efforts to contribute to the development and disseminations of STs.

The One Pager "Impacts of Climate Variability on Food Acquisition Programmes: Lessons from the Brazilian Semi-arid Region", by Patricia S. Mesquita and Marcel Bursztyn (Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Brasília) draws attention to the impact of climate shocks on the functioning of the Brazilian Food Acquisition Programme (PAA). The authors investigate why the PAA was unable to respond to the 2012 droughts that affected family farmers in the semi-arid region. Improved technical assistance and better institutional capacity are some of the recommendations identified. A French version is also available.

One Pager Series on Latin America and Africa

Wrapping up the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) series of One Pagers on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, this month we highlight the experiences of Chile and Trinidad and Tobago.

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

- "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago", by Claudia Robles and Luis Hernán Vargas, (ECLAC) is also available in Spanish.

The One Pager from the From Protection to Production (PtoP)'s series, aimed at bringing insights on impact evaluations of cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa, features "The Impacts of the Child Grants Programme in Lesotho". It is also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.


There are also four One Pagers translated into Portuguese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian.

"Social Policies and the Fall in Inequality in Brazil: Achievements and Challenges" by Pedro H. G. Ferreira de Souza (Ipea). Italian. Portuguese. Spanish.

"Scaling-up Local Development Initiatives: Brazil's Food Procurement Programme", by Ryan Nehring and Ben McKay (IPC-IG). Chinese. Portuguese. Spanish.

"Cadastro Único: a Registry Supported by a National Public Bank", by Joana Mostafa (Ministry of Social Development - MDS and Ipea) and Natália G. D. Sátyro (Federal University of Minas Gerais - UFMG). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

"Brazil: Strengthening Resilience through an Innovative Income-led Strategy" by Bruno De Conti (University of Campinas). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here


Upcoming Policy in Focus

An upcoming edition of Policy in Focus on the effects of Cash Transfers on local economies is presently under development in collaboration with colleagues from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Contributions to this upcoming issue will feature leading experts from around the world.

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IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, Fabio Veras, and researcher Mario Gyori traveled to Rabat (Morocco) from 16-18 March as part of an agreement between UNICEF and the Centre to share international experience on social protection programmes with the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance of Morocco. They were accompanied by Mr. Samman Thapa, social policy specialist from the UNICEF regional office for the MENA countries.

During the mission, the IPC-IG's experts also met Mr. Hassan El Mansori, Secretary-General of the National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH on is its French acronym), to discuss a possible partnership between the ONDH and the IPC-IG. This partnership would aim to include, jointly with CRES (Tunisia) and Mexico's National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL, its Spanish acronym), the organization of a seminar on the institutionalization of the evaluation of public policies as part of the celebration of the 2015 International Year of Evaluation.

Workshop on Conditional Cash Transfers

What are the lessons learned from conditional cash transfer (CCTs) programmes in Brazil? To share experiences about Bolsa Família and other programmes, IPC's Research Coordinator, Fabio Veras, joined a panel discussion as part of the "Les Rencontres du Devéloppement", on 13 March, in Paris. The panel was jointly organized by the Research and Development Division of France's Agency for Development (AFD) and by the Delegation for European and International Affairs (DAEI) of the French Ministeryof Social Affairs and Employment. You can view Mr Veras' presentations here and here.


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