Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 40 - April 2015


Issue 40 - April 2015


Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The April 2015 Bulletin launches new publications on challenges and innovations in the implementation of social cash transfer programmes in African countries, on gender equality approaches in evaluation, and continues the dabate on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. A new interview highlights Brazil's role in global governance. There is also information on IPC's recent participation in events covering social protection topics.



A new series of One Pagers reflects on social protection programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa

This month we bring you three new One Pagers discussing the challenges faced and innovations created by the Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zambia in the implementation of social cash transfer programmes.

The One Pagers aim at promoting knowledge sharing among African nations as well as informing policy makers, practitioners and researchers around the world about the latest developments in the area of social cash transfers in Africa. Read more information on this series.

"Innovative Technology Serving Social Cash Transfers in Remote Rural Areas of Ethiopia", by the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs Tigray and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Government of Ethiopia, explains how, under a pilot project launched in 2014, mobile money service payment technology was used to overcome the challenges faced by the beneficiaries of the Tigray Social Cash Transfer Programme (TSCTP), aimed at reducing poverty and hunger in extremely poor and labour-constrained households in the region. It is also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

In "Scaling up Cash Transfer Programmes in Kenya", by Winnie Mwasiaji (Kenyan Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services - MLSSS), the author shares lessons learned and challenges tackled by the MLSSS in 2013 to scale up the number of beneficiaries of the country's three main cash transfer programmes. Reforms that have been planned to support the next scale-up of the MLSSS cash transfer programmes are also highlighted. It is also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

In "Social Cash Transfer Scale-up for Zambia", Stanfield Michelo (Zambia's Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health - MCDMCH) explains the long path of the country's Social Cash Transfer Programme, which started as a small scale project initially implemented in the Kalomo district by the Ministry, in 2003, and became the national flagship social protection programme in a decade. Reasons for the recent scale-up of the programme and the challenges faced by policy makers are also highlighted. It is also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

One Pager Series on Latin America and the Caribbean

The latest One Pagers on the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) series on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, feature the experience of El Salvador as well as a comparative perspective on the transformations undergone by social policies in the region over the past 10 years.

- "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: El Salvador" by Juliana Martinez Franzoni (Universiry of Costa Rica) and Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (University of Oxford) is also available in Spanish.

- "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Perspective", by Simone Cecchini, Fernando Filgueira and Claudia Robles (ECLAC) is also available in Spanish.

The One Pager "Challenges to Integrating Gender Equality Approaches into Evaluation" by Paola De Orte (IPC-IG), Marco Segone (UN Women Independent Evaluation Office - IEO), Lívia Maria Da Costa Nogueira (IPC-IG), Florencia Tateossian (IEO) and Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope (Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Presidency of South Africa) summarizes the main ideas presented during the online discussion on how to incorporate gender perspectives in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of national systems in the National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Community. The main question posed was: 'What do you think are the main challenges to integrating gender equality approaches into evaluation?'. The One Pager is also available in Portuguese.


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

There is also a newly translated version into French of the Working Paper "Cadastro Único: A Resgistry Suppported by a National Public Bank" by Joana Mostafa, (Brazil's Ministry of Social Development - MDS and Institute for Applied Economic Research - IPEA) and Natália G. D. Sátyro (Federal University of Minas Gerais - UFMG).

A One Pager version of the study is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

See full list of publications here

IPC Interviews


From the global fight against HIV/AIDS to food security and bioenergy, Brazil has become an important player in many areas of global governance in several development issues. These issues are at the core of the book "Brazil's Emerging Role in Global Governance: Health, Food Security and Bioenergy", by Markus Fraundorfer, recently launched by Palgrave Macmillan publishing company.

IPC-IG spoke with Mr. Fraundorfer about his research, which also focuses on the country's fight against hunger and poverty, and investigates Brazil's interactions with other state and non-state actors. The author analyzes the role of the IPC-IG and the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, among the five institutions that assumed a key role in implementing technical cooperation programmes and fostering South-South learning among developing countries. Read the interview here.



Webinar on Brazil's Unified Registry

On April 29th, Brazil Learning Initiative World Without Poverty (WWP) will host a virtual session in English concerning the Brazilian Unified Registry (Cadastro Único), which is the main tool that enabled the Government of Brazil to identify the most pressing needs of the poor segment of the population, and to deliver the programs and services required by this population.

Ms. Joana Mostafa, Director of the Unified Registry of Brazil's Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), and Ms. Margaret Grosh, Practice Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean Social Protection and Labor at the World Bank, will explain what Cadastro Único is all about, how data is collected, what stakeholders are involved in the process, etc. Alternatives for knowledge exchange in the implementation of single registries will also be discussed.

Launch of ESCAP's Economic and Social Survey 2015

The Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), IPC-IG and UNDP Brazil will launch the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015, on May 14 in Brazil . The report is the flagship publication of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and will be launched simultaneously in over 30 locations around the world, including capitals in the ESCAP region, New York, Geneva, Brasília. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, will launch the Survey 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.


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