Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 50 - March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the newest Inclusive Growth Bulletin edition, covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The March issue launches One Pagers broaching such topics as youth unemployment in Sierra Leone, cash transfers payments in Kenya, the effects of conditionalities in cash transfers and the state of National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) in 43 countries. The past month has been an active one for the IPC-IG. One of the highlights of this edition is the Study Tour we organised for delegates from the Government of Uganda to present the Brazilian social protection system. We also bring the latest news and updates on our activities, including participation in events in Brazil as well as the current status of our ongoing projects. We hope you enjoy reading this issue!

Uganda Study Tour

 
 

The IPC-IG was pleased to host a social protection study tour for the Government of Uganda between 22 and 26 February, as part of the IPC's mandate to foster South-South Cooperation and knowledge exchange. The objective of the visit was to prepare the group to effectively lead and promote the coordination of social protection interventions in Uganda, under the new National Social Protection Policy (NSPP).

The delegation, headed by Mr. Pius Bigirimana, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), was composed of 12 senior technicians from various ministries and international organisations, interested in learning about the execution and coordination of social development programmes in Brazil.

Mr. Niky Fabiancic, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Brazil, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Brazil and Director of the IPC-IG welcomed the delegation, highlighting the importance of knowledge exchange and mutual learning between both countries and underlined his assurance that a strong partnership would be built between the IPC-IG and the Government of Uganda.

Researchers from the IPC-IG, the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) delivered presentations to the delegation, in sessions arranged to contextualise the Brazilian social protection system.

Read the full article about the visit here

Publications

In the One Pager "Strengthening the Cash Transfer Payment System in Kenya", Winnie Mwasiaji (Kenyan Social Protection Secretariat), looks into challenges facing the Kenyan Government in implementing an effective, efficient and robust payment mechanism that ensures payments are delivered to beneficiaries in a timely, convenient, reliable and secure manner. In fact, Kenya is currently implementing four different social cash transfer programmes covering nearly 600,000 beneficiary households nationwide. Also available in French and in Portuguese.

Still regarding conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes, Luca Pellerano and Valentina Barca (Oxford Policy Management) question whether conditionalities play a central role in enabling CCTs programmes to achieve their desired social development outcomes. The authors of the One Pager "The Conditions for Conditionality in Cash Transfers" present a distinction between four means of conditioning the use of social transfers and explain that countries wishing to adopt such programmes should carefully consider their feasibility based on overall priorities for policy design as well as varying institutional contexts. .

The One Pager "The Role of Institutional Arrangements for Youth Employment and Empowerment in Sierra Leone", by Molla Mekonnen Alemu (UNDP), explains what has been done to address youth unemployment in a post-conflict country. The author exhibits some of the results achieved so far by the Government, in partnership with multilateral and international agencies, as well as NGOs, in developing appropriate policies and programmes to enhance and to promote development activities nationwide.

The One Pager "Towards a Baseline Study: Insights on National Evaluation Capacities in 43 Countries", by Claudia de Barros Marcondes (UNDP consultant), highlights the findings of a study prepared to document the state of national evaluation capacities (NEC) in the 43 signatory countries of the 18 commitments agreed upon during the Third National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Conference, held in 2013 in São Paulo, Brazil, and sponsored by the UNDP. Those commitments seek to further enhance national evaluation capacities.

We also invite you to read the 2015 IPC-IG Activity Report, which provides an overview of the main activities and achievements of the Centre over the past year.

Translations

There are also publications from the Transfer Project One Pager Series translated into French and Portuguese.

One Pager "Qualitative Research and Analyses of the Economic Impacts of Cash Transfer Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa", by Benjamin Davis and Pamela Pozarny (FAO). French. Portuguese.

One Pager "Analytical Framework for Evaluating the Productive Impact of Cash Transfer Programmes on Household Behaviour", by Silvio Daidone and Benjamin Davis (FAO). French. Portuguese.

 

See our full list of publications here

South-South Dialogue

PAA Africa in Senegal
Mario Györi, IPC-IG Research Associate participated in a joint mission of the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the IPC-IG to Senegal, on the monitoring and evaluation of the PAA Africa (Purchase from Africans for Africa) programme, a school feeding programme based on locally sourced food purchased from vulnerable smallholder farmers.

On 26 February, Mr Györi and Ms. Claudia Tufani, also a Research Associate at the IPC-IG, presented the preliminary results of the programme's monitoring activities during a working meeting with partners and representatives of Senegal, Malawi and Mozambique. During the meeting, there was a discussion on the results and evaluation strategies for the forthcoming stages of the programme. Niger and Ethiopia also participate in PAA AFrica. You can view the presentation here (in Portuguese).

 

Webinar on social protection in Latin America
On 10 March, socialprotection.org presented the Webinar "Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools", in celebration of its 6 month anniversary. It explored the content of the book by the same title, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Simone Cecchini, Social Affairs Officer at ECLAC, presented the publication, highlighting some of the main topics it addresses. Sergei Soares, Senior Researcher at Ipea discussed the presentation, while Alicia Spengler, Senior Project Officer at the IPC-IG, moderated the discussion.

The book focuses on the expanding social protection coverage in the region and the pathways chosen by Latin American and Caribbean countries towards achieving universal coverage. Its target audience comprises international and national decision-makers at all levels of the government and civil society, as well as researchers who are interested in the region's developments in the area of social protection. The live recording of the webinar is available for download on socialprotection.org's Virtual Campus.

Seminar on Environmental Licensing
Diana Sawyer, IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, attended the opening of the International Seminar on Environmental Licensing and Territorial Governance, organised by the Ipea, with the support of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IPC-IG, in Brasilia, on 14 and 15 March. In her opening remarks, Ms. Sawyer presented the work of the IPC-IG, emphasising the Centre's work towards inclusive growth through a multidimensional perspective, in which environmental licensing issues are directly linked to impacts on local development. Thus, the Seminar debates are a learning opportunity to achieve solutions in the areas of social inclusion and sustainable development.

During the opening, Marco Aurélio Costa, director of the Department of Studies and Regional, Urban and Environmental Policies of Ipea, highlighted the opportunity to foster debates around a more positive and comprehensive agenda on environmental licensing as an instrument for the promotion of territorial governance and on the discussion of the impacts of environmental, social and economic projects on the environment. He also stressed the necessity of engaging stakeholders with seemingly conflicting interests such as the private sector, all levels of the government, indigenous and traditional peoples and civil society. Mr. Jan Olsson, Environment Ambassador at the Ministry of the Environment and Energy and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden, and Ms. Marilene Ramos, President of Ibama, Brazil's, federal environmental agency also participated in the event.

WWP Seminar
Luis Henrique Paiva, IPC-IG Research Associate, Ipea Researcher and former National Secretary for the Bolsa Família Programme at the MDS, participated as the speaker of the webinar World Without Poverty: Sharing Knowledge on Social Development Policies and the Brazilian Experience, on 15 March. The World Without Poverty (WWP) initiative is a joint project by the IPC-IG, Ipea, the MDS, and the World Bank.

News

Education in Maceió
On 3 March, Rafael Osório, IPC-IG Research Coordinator, was in Maceió, in the state of Alagoas in Brazil, to present results of the project in partnership with the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Maceió and the UNDP. The project aims at universalising literacy in the Municipality of Maceió. The results showed the population that must be targeted by 2024 and produced policy recommendations that help to define a clearer strategy on how to proceed towards universal literacy in the city.

Urban Development
On 29 February to 1 March, Pedro Arruda, Research Associate, participated in the meeting "Towards Habitat-III Conference", in São Paulo, Brazil. The meeting aimed at increasing and fostering national and international debates on a range of themes surrounding social and urban issues, to support the Brazilian proposals related to the post-2015 development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 11—Sustainable cities.

Mr. Arruda was part of a panel discussing "ODS 11 and urban development monitoring indicators". He presented the definitions of inclusive growth, highlighting that urban policies, particularly regarding infrastructure, play a more significant role towards inclusive growth when there are clearly defined social participation mechanisms as well as broader use of data for monitoring and evaluation.

Brazil and Africa
On 25 February, Livia Nogueira, Senior Project Management Officer at the IPC-IG, presented the annual progress report of the "Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation" project to its partners and Brazilian counterparts. This trilateral initiative involves the IPC-IG, the UNDP, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women, and is funded by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID). The IPC-IG is responsible for Outcomes 1—"Increased the knowledge-sharing and learning in African LICs on the design and implementation of social protection programmes inspired by Brazilian experiences, contributing to the overarching goal of poverty eradication"—and 2—"Improved Monitoring and Evaluation of social policies in Mozambique".

As part of Outcome 1, an Online Community, "South-South Cooperation on Social Protection and Food Security" with Brazilian policy makers has been created on socialprotection.org. Discussions will take place from 24 February to 24 March, in Portuguese.

 

Public Expenditure and Fiscal Policy

Rodrigo Orair, IPC-IG Research Associate and Ipea researcher, was awarded the first place in the VIII SOF Monographies Award by the Brazilian School of Fiscal Administration (ESAF) on the paper "The Public Expenditure and Fiscal Policy Cycle - 1999-2014" (available in Portuguese); co-written with Sérgio Wulff Gobetti, also a researcher at Ipea.

 

 

 

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