Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 42 - June 2015

Issue 42 - June 2015

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty-reduction strategies. The June 2015 edition introduces readers to new publications covering such topics as malnutrition among children in Yemen, health care systems in the BRICS countries, as well as a new One Pager in our ECLAC series. In addition, the latest updates about the IPC-IG's activities and participation in the VII BRICS Academic Forum are also shared.


Children in Yemen


The Working Paper: "Stunting Among Children in Yemen: Prevalence and Associated Factors" by Laetícia Rodrigues de Souza (IPC-IG) assesses child malnutrition among children in Yemen, with a focus on stunting, by considering the disparities across socio-economic and environmental factors, maternal characteristics, incidence of diseases, etc. An accompanying One Pager is also available in English and Portuguese.

The results are based on the fourth round of the National Social Protection Monitoring Survey (NSPMS) in Yemen. The NSPMS dataset is freely available and can be downloaded from the website dedicated to the project. The website was launched earlier this year, and makes available data and NSPMS-related publications covering several socioeconomic dimensions. It aims at encouraging research, disseminating knowledge and informing on improvements in social protection programmes in Yemen. The Final Report and the Executive Summary of the Yemen NSPMS, launched by the IPC-IG and UNICEF Yemen, are also available.

Please note that the surveys and the writing-up of the NSPMS report were carried out between 2012 and 2014. Unfortunately, since then, the embattled country has been in a grave situation as highlighted by the United Nations Security Council. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, attended the opening of the UN-facilitated consultations between the two Yemeni delegations in Geneva on 15 June and reiterated his call for "a renewed humanitarian pause in order to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all Yemenis in need".


The One Pager "Preliminary Observations on Social Security and Health Care Systems of the BRICS" by Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG) and Mary MacLennan (Consultant) provides some preliminary research findings on social security and health care policies in the BRICS countries. A Portuguese version is also available.

Series of One Pagers

This month Costa Rica is featured in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) series of One Pagers on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica" by Isabel Román (Estado de la Nación) is also available in Spanish.


There are also publications translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Policy Research Brief "Cash Transfers and Gendered Risks and Vulnerabilities: Lessons from Latin America" by Rebecca Holmes, Nicola Jones (Overseas Development Institute); Rosana Vargas (Independent Consultant) and Fábio Veras Soares (IPC-IG) is now available in Portuguese.

The One Pager "How Inclusive Has Growth Been in the Last Decade?" by Raquel Almeida Ramos, Rafael Ranieri and Jan-Willem Lammens (IPC-IG) is now also available in Chinese.

The One Pager "Why Emerging Economies Need Social Policy: the Cases of China and India" by Arjan de Haan (International Development Research Centre - IDRC) is available in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

See our full list of publications here



Macroeconomic Challenges to Sustainable Development

On 17 June, the IPC-IG organised a seminar on the Macroeconomic Challenges to Sustainable Development, featuring Eduardo Zepeda, Inter-Regional Policy Coordinator of the Development Policy Analysis Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and former IPC-IG researcher. In light of the ongoing debate around the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, Mr. Zepeda focused his presentation on the amount and type of investments that are necessary to reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels and whether such investments have the potential to jeopardise the commitment of resources to human development and social protection. Against this background, policy integration and coherence are important factors affecting investment of energy capacities, mainly for low and middle income countries that need to make additional investment efforts in order to walk a sustainable energy path.


International Seminar on Brazil's Experience in Overcoming Hunger

On 3-4 June, at the Brazil Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 (Milan, Italy), Brazil's Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) promoted a Special Edition of the International Cooperation Seminar on Social Policies for Development: "Brazil: Overcoming Hunger is Possible". Organised with support from the World Bank and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Seminar was geared toward representatives of governments and bodies interested in knowing about Brazil's social development policies. The event is part of a series of seminars held twice a year by MDS for foreign delegations interested in learning from the experience in social policy in Brazil. The speakers' presentations and pictures are available on the World Without Poverty website.

Newsletter in Portuguese

We are working on a new IPC-IG newsletter with exclusive and current content all in Portuguese! With this, we hope to reach an even larger audience interested in topics such as inclusive growth, social protection and cash transfers. The newsletter will be launched by the end of this month, and you can already subscribe to receive it here.

We also have a bimonthly French newsletter; sign up here.

South-South Dialogue


VII BRICS Academic Forum

Pedro Lara de Arruda, an associate researcher for the IPC-IG, participated in the VII BRICS Academic Forum, in Moscow, Russia on 22-23 May. He presented the paper: "Educational Systems of the BRICS Countries: Preliminary Findings of the Comparative, Present and Future Time Adequacy Analysis", which he co-authored with Ashleigh Kate Slingsby (IPC-IG/UNDP), Olga Ustyuzhantseva (CEO, Resource Centre, Tomsk State University), and Abdul Nafey (Dean, Jawaharlal Nehru University). Click here to view his presentation. For more information on the event's programme, click here.


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