Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 44 - August 2015













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Issue 44 - August 2015


Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty-reduction strategies. The August 2015 edition introduces readers to new publications covering such topics as an evaluation of Kenya's Hunger Safety Net Programme; next stages of the Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Plan; data integration and management of social protection systems; Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for social protection programmes, as well as enhancing national evaluation capacities and achieving the sustainable development goals. In addition, you can find out about updates on the IPC-IG's latest activities and participation in events. Enjoy!



The National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Community of Practice (COP) online discussion linked to the upcoming NEC conference in Bangkok, on "How the 2015 NEC Conference in Bangkok: 'Blending Evaluation Principles with Development Practices' can enhance national evaluation capacities and help to develop and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" provided an interesting backdrop to some important discussions. A series of key ideas shared by participants are reflected in the One Pager entitled "The 2015 NEC Conference in Bangkok: Enhancing National Evaluation Capacities and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" by Ariane Cassoli Alvarenga, Lívia Maria da Costa Nogueira (IPC-IG/UNDP) and Ana Rosa Soares (Independent Evaluation Office/UNDP). It is also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Kenya Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) is an unconditional cash transfer that aims to reduce poverty in four counties in the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya. During its pilot phase (2007–2013), the HSNP delivered regular cash transfers every two months to around 69,000 beneficiary households, targeted using three distinct methods: community-based targeting, dependency ratio, and a social pension (which targets individuals rather than households). An analysis of the programme's pilot phase is reflected in the One Pager "Evaluation of the Kenya Hunger Safety Net Programme Pilot Phase" by Fred Merttens (Oxford Policy Management).

The One Pager "Brazil without Extreme Poverty: New Perspectives for Brazilian Social Protection" by Tiago Falcão and Patricia Vieira da Costa (Brazil's Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger – MDS) analyses the Brazil without Extreme Poverty (Brazil sem Miséria, BSM) plan. Now in its fourth year, BSM is now entering a new phase of its development, maintaining all the programmes that have produced sound results in reducing poverty and inequalities as well as promoting new, creative initiatives.

In the One Pager "Integrated Data and Information Management for Social Protection", Valentina Barca (Oxford Policy Management) outlines a core set of lessons on how to integrate data and better handle information management across multiple social protection programmes in different countries, based on a thorough review of literature and country case studies.


We are proud to announce that the Final Report of the Yemen National Social Protection Monitoring Survey (NSPMS) is now available entirely in Arabic. The NSPMS is a household longitudinal survey covering the period of October 2012 to September 2013. The project was led by UNICEF Yemen and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC), in partnership with the IPC-IG and Interaction in Development. There is also a website where researchers, practitioners and policy makers have open access to recent data, that merges some of the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) administrative information with the survey data, on how poor and vulnerable populations have coped after the 2011 crisis in Yemen.

There is also a publication translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish.

One Pager "Reservation and Anti-Casteist Practices as Instruments of Social Protection in India?" by Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG). French. Spanish. Portuguese.

See our full list of publications here


August has been a busy month for the team. And we're glad for it! On 5 August, the team presented the platform to the Coordinator-General of International Actions for the Fight Against Hunger, CGFome, Minister Milton Rondó Filho, of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and to colleagues at UNICEF Brazil.

On 14 August,'s Child Allowance Webinar Series commenced with a look into South Africa's Child Support Grant (CSG). Brenton Van Vrede (Chief Director of Social Assistance at the Department of Social Development, South Africa) presented the CSG, Roxana Maurizio (Researcher, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina) served as a discussant and Alejandro Grinspun (Chief of Social Policy, Unicef South Africa) moderated the webinar. The live recording, presentation and audience discussion are now available on the Child Allowance Online Community at

On 17 August, published the article "Can an online platform be a 'one-stop shop' for social protection?" about the platform, which will be officially launched on 12 September, the U.N. International Day for South South Cooperation. The test phase of the beta version of the platform is currently underway.



Illiteracy in Maceió

IPC-IG Researchers, Rafael Osório and Clarissa Guimarães, were in Maceió—the capital city of the state of Alagoas, Brazil—presenting the preliminary results of the first stage of research on illiteracy in the city, during a meeting of the National Council of Education, on 5 August. The session was opened by Mayor Rui Palmeira, who also received the Human Development Atlas by UNDP Deputy Representative Resident Ana Inés Mulleady, marking the release of the data on the metropolitan area of Maceió.

On 17-18 August, the Mayor, the Municipal Secretariat of Education, the specialists from the IPG-IG and professionals of youth and adult education as well as literacy also met in the city, to constructively discuss the way forward to tackle what are the highest illiteracy rates in Brazil. The two-day workshop gave shape to the local realities and challenges that educators and specialists are faced with, in order to formulate concrete and comprehensive public social policies to eradicate the root cause of the high rates of youth and adult illiteracy in the city of Maceió. During the workshop, working groups were organised to contribute towards building guidelines as well as proposals for policies and strategies for the next steps of the elaboration of the project and its execution.

WWP Initiative

The Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (WWP) has published its fifth Newsletter – World Without Poverty. The latest edition of the Newsletter contains a series of articles as well as an interview on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of social policies in Brazil. It also brings news of two recent developments: the new set of WWP Quick Question videos and the Unified Registry for Social Programmes Form translated into French. The Newsletter also covers the WWP's latest activities, with exclusive content on the Unified Registry (articles, photos, videos and lecture presentations), and provides up-to-date information on forthcoming WWP events. You can read and subscribe to the newsletter in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Safety Nets in Urban Areas
The World Bank has published a new report examining evidence and practices with safety nets in urban areas. The publication reviews the urban poverty literature, analyses household survey data from over 100 countries, and presents a compilation of case studies from a 'first generation' of urban safety net programmes. It finds that urban areas pose fundamentally different sets of opportunities and challenges for social protection, and that safety net programmes are at the very beginning of a process of urban adaptation. You can read the report on the World Bank's website.

South-South Dialogue


Chinese Scholars visit IPC-IG
On 11 August, two scholars from Fudan University, China, visited the IPC-IG to learn more about our work and expertise on South-South Cooperation. Mr. Wu Xinbo, vice-president of Institutes for International Studies and Mr. Song Guoyou, professor and vice-director of the US Studies Centre were joined by Mr. Wang Senhao from the Department of Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People's Republic of China and Mr. Chang Peilin from the Chinese Embassy in Brazil. Their goals were to understand what has been done in terms of coordination and cooperation among emerging economies, and of identifying synergies between developing countries, considering the new SDG agenda, which has major domestic and international implications. Mr. Brand Arenari, Director of the International Studies, Political and Economic Relations Department (DINTE), of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), also participated in the meeting.

The IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, Diana Sawyer, and Project Analyst, Alicia Spengler, delivered presentations on the work of the Centre and on the Platform, respectively. Mr. Gustavo Luedemann – Biologist and Researcher with Ipea's Regional, Urban and Environmental Policies and Studies Department—DIRUR—delivered a presentation on the Brazilian climate change policies and initiatives.

Mozambique and Brazil
From 5-12 August, a delegation from the Mozambican Government visited Brasilia, Brazil, to learn more about Brazil's South-South Cooperation efforts on gender-based violence and its interfaces with health, focusing on women, youth and adolescents. In addition to meeting with representatives from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Brazil and Brazilian Government agencies, who shared technical information and presented the Brazilian Trilateral South-South Cooperation Programme, the goal of the mission was to plan actions for activities towards the implementation of component 3 of the project "Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation", of which the IPC-IG is a partner. The project is an initiative that involves other agencies of the UN System in Brazil and has the support of the British Department for International Development (DFID). The mission was jointly organised by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ABC), the Ministry of Health, the Secretariat of Policies for Women of the Presidency of the Republic, UNFPA and UN Women.


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