Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 52 - May 2016

 
 

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the newest edition of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin, covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The May issue launches a great new resource, a publication with an inventory of non-contributory social protection programmes in Africa. We also bring you new publications on rural poverty in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, produced in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as well as a policy brief analysing the scale-up process of social cash transfers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. We also bring you the latest news and updates on our activities, including participation in events in Tanzania, the Republic of the Congo, Italy, and Brazil. We hope you enjoy your read!

Social Protection in Africa

 
 

We are very proud to launch the publication "Social Protection in Africa: inventory of non-contributory programmes", by Cristina Cirillo and Raquel Tebaldi (IPC-IG). It aims at providing a broad overview of the existing non-contributory social protection programmes in Africa, supporting a better general understanding of interventions in the region and their main design choices and features.

It maps and profiles 127 programmes from 39 African countries, organised in a user-friendly way, allowing for easy access to each programme and the corresponding references through hyperlinks.

This publication is part of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) supported project: "Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation" and is a partnership between the IPC-IG, UNICEF and socialprotection.org.

Publications

As part of the partnership between the IPC-IG and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which has launched a series of studies on rural poverty in Brazil, this month we present the following new publications:

The Working Paper "Climate change and impacts on family farming in the North and Northeast of Brazil", by Haroldo Machado Filho, Amanda Lima and Isadora Vasconcelos (United Nations Development Programme - UNDP); Renato de Aragão Rodrigues (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - Embrapa); Cássia Moraes, Paula Bennati, Marcela Guilles and Pedro Rocha (Consultants), considers potential future climate change scenarios, focusing on identifying the main trends in terms of changes in temperature and precipitation for the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, particularly related impacts on family farming throughout the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic, and environmental. The study highlights that small-scale family farmers could play an important role in offsetting elements of the present environmental crisis, as well as those related to the threat of climate change. Concerning governance, it found that the space for issues related to agriculture is quite limited, especially for family farming, and increased awareness and participation of the stakeholders in this sector are fundamental. It is also available in Portuguese. A Policy Research Brief on the theme is also available in English and Portuguese.

The Working Paper "Public policies for rural development and combating poverty in rural areas" by Fernando Gaiger Silveira (Institute of Applied Economic Research - Ipea/IPC-IG); Pedro Arruda (IPC-IG); Áquila Estevão Campos (Ipea); Izabelle Vieira, Simone Battestin and Wesley Silva (Consultants) - also available in Portuguese - analyses 11 of Brazil's flagship policies relevant to rural development. Findings suggest that, although the productivity and sustainability of the most vulnerable smallholder farmers have not been substantially improved despite the many national policies in place, this should be attributed to a bias in rural development policies towards farmers who are already more established, and not at all to any intrinsically unsustainable aspect, or lack of potential, of smallholder and family farming. A Policy Research Brief on the theme is also available in English and Portuguese.

In the Policy Reseach Brief "Scaling up cash transfer programmes: Good practices and lessons learned from Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia", Ana Beatriz Monteiro Costa, Mario Gyoeri and Fábio Veras Soares (IPC-IG) look into the strategies to expand, adapt and sustain successful pilot or small-scale cash transfer programmes by providing an overview of the literature examining the good practices and lessons learned from the processes in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. It finds that scaling up initiatives cannot be seen as a one-size-fits-all process, but rather that understanding good practices and challenges from other programmes can help to successfully prevent bottlenecks and ensure successful expansion. You can also read it in French and Portuguese.

See our full list of publications here

News

Webinars + News
May featured two webinars presented by socialprotection.org. On 12 May, "A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfers with Long-Term Social Safety Nets", inaugurated the Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems Webinar Series. The webinar was organised by The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and you can view the presentation and listen to the recording. The "Gender and Social Protection: Current Issues and Policy Trends" took place on 3 May, and you can view the presentation, listen to the recording and participate in the discussions around the topic at the platform's respective Online Community.

Representing socialprotection.org, Fábio Veras, IPC-IG research coordinator, participated in the "SPIAC-B Informal Working Group on Social Protection Capacity Strengthening" in Turin, Italy, on 26-27 April. The Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board is an inter-agency coordination mechanism, with representatives of international organisations and bilateral institutions, whose goal is to enhance global coordination and advocacy on social protection issues and to coordinate international cooperation in country demand-driven actions. Looking to increase the effectiveness of the combined efforts of the international community in supporting capacity strengthening of social protection systems, the meeting's objective was to draft a work plan for the Working Group, reach a consensus on focus areas and objectives and share current activities.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation in Morocco
On 12 May, the IPC-IG welcomed a delegation of the National Human Development Observatory (Observatoire National du Développement Humain) of Morocco for a talk on public policies for human development and inclusive growth. During the meeting, Diana Sawyer, IPC-IG's research coordinator presented the Centre's work, particularly the monitoring and evaluation projects. Representatives of the ONDH, Mr Driss El Yacoubi and Mr Monamed Lamine El Batal explained the challenges and progress made by the organisation in the monitoring and evaluation of public policies in Morocco. Members of the delegation were in Brasilia to attend the XI International Seminar on Public Policies for Development, organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, from 10–13 May. Mario Gyoeri and Pedro Arruda, IPC-IG research associates, also attended the meeting.

Education in Maceió
In partnership with UNDP Brazil and the Municipal Department of Education of Maceió, the IPC-IG is part of a project that aims to universalise literacy in that city. From 18-20 April, Rafael Osório, IPC-IG research coordinator, participated in the 3rd edition of the "Back to School" seminar, held in Maceió. Haroldo Machado, senior advisor at UNDP Brazil, was also in attendance.

 

IFAD and the IPC-IG
We are organising the launch of "IFAD's Strategy for Brazil 2016-2021 and a Series of Studies on Rural Poverty", a closed event that will take place in Brasilia on 24 May, with the support of IFAD and the Ipea. In addition to presenting the recently approved Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP), which will serve as a guide for IFAD's work in Brazil for the next five years, authors will present the series of studies on rural poverty: "Poverty Profile: Rural North and Northeast Brazil", "Public Policies for Rural Development and Fight Against Hunger and Poverty in Brazil in its North and Northeast Regions", "Fiscal Condition of the Public Sector in Brazil" and "Climate Change and Impacts on Family Farming in the North and Northeast Brazil", which have been featured on this and past newsletters. During the event, there will be an open space for public debate. All the news from the event will be featured on next month's bulletin. Stay tuned!

South-South Dialogue

CoPs in Africa
The Africa Community of Practice of Cash and Conditional Cash Transfers (CoP) is having face-to-face meetings with its Anglophone and Francophone groups in Arusha, Tanzania, and Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, respectively.

Representing the IPC-IG and socialprotection.org, Rafael Osório, IPC-IG research coordinator, and Ashleigh Slingsby, IPC-IG knowledge assistant, are among the 111 participants at the meeting in Arusha, from 16-20 May, where participants are discussing how to enhance understanding and learning about the role of cash transfer programmes in supporting the development of social protection systems. In addition, discussions and field visits contemplating relevant issues regarding the scale-up process and consolidation of these programmes, as well as their evolution through linkages with other social sectors, are on the agenda.

 

Mario Gyoeri and Raquel Tebaldi, research associates, are in Brazzaville, from 16-21 May. The objective is to exchange experiences and challenges encountered in implementing cash transfer programmes and come up with collaborative solutions. Part of the discussions will be based on the Republic of the Congo's experience. The group will also discuss its next steps and how to improve its activities.
 

PAA Africa
Fábio Veras, IPC-IG research coordinator, Mario Gyoeri, IPG-IG research associate, and Ana Miranda, IPC-IG consultant, participated in the PAA Africa's (Purchase from Africans for Africa) International Seminar "Strengthening Local Food Systems for Inclusive Growth: Scaling up 'Purchase from Africans for Africa'", jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in Rome, from 2-4 May. On 3 May , Mario Gyoeri presented the methodology and the first results of the PAA Africa midterm evaluation report for the five countries participating in the programme (Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal), and on the 4 May, Fabio Veras presented the methodology for the forthcoming process evaluation of the programme in Malawi and Senegal.

The Seminar aimed at providing an opportunity for political and technical dialogue on the results of monitoring activities of PAA Africa and to discuss the expansion of the programme in accordance with the national plans of each country. All presentations and other resources from the Seminar are available here.

 

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