Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 54 - July 2016

 

 

 
 

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to another new issue of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin!

This edition brings to light new publications on topics ranging from the use of the Single Registry as a tool to better coordinate social policies in Brazil, to the payment systems for cash transfer programmes in Kenya, and to the adaptation of Brazilian agricultural interventions into the contexts of Malawi and Senegal.

We also bring you the latest news and updates on the IPC-IG's activities.
Happy reading!

New Publications

In the Working Paper "The Single Registry as a Tool for the Coordination of Social Policies", Denise Direito (Brazil's Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development—MDSA), Natália Koga (MDSA), Elaine Lício (Institute for Applied Economic Research—Ipea), and Jeniffer Chaves (MDSA) present the possibilities of using the Single Registry (Cadastro Único) to coordinate social programmes in Brazil, and not only as a mandatory tool for the identification and socio-economic characterisation of low-income families to be included in social programmes. This Working Paper is also avalaible in French, and Portuguese. An accompanying One Pager is also available in English, French, and Portuguese.

The Policy Research Brief "A Framework to Evaluate Payment Systems for Cash Transfer Programmes: Examples from kenya", by Valentina Barca, Alex Hurrell, Ian MacAuslan, Aly Visram and Jack Willis (Oxford Policy Management—OPM), argues that payment systems strongly influence the impact of cash transfer programmes and provides a framework to analyse them. Three different payment systems from three distinct cash transfer programmes in Kenya were evaluated by OPM.

In the One Pager "Mainstreaming Graduation into Social Protection Floors", Harshani Dharmadasa, Ian Orton, and Lauren Whitehead (BRAC USA) argue that the 'Graduation' approach, which aims to equip the poorest of the poor with the tools, livelihoods and self-confidence to escape extreme poverty after the end of the intervention, provides the necessary approach to implement holistic, complementary interventions that support the realisation of national social protection floor initiatives (SPF-I) and basic human rights.

The One Pager "Adapting Fomento to Countries in sub-Saharan Africa", by Kate Ambler, and Alan de Brauw (International Food Policy Research Institute—IFPRI), and Susan Godlonton (Williams College), explains how the IFPRI adapted a well-regarded Brazilian agricultural intervention, Fomento, for implementation and evaluation in two African countries: Malawi; and Senegal. The authors highlight how the most important components of the intervention were replicated, and present the challenges faced in the adaptation process, given the differences between the Brazilian and African contexts.

In the One Pager "Designing Public Works Programmes for Protection and Growth", Rodolfo Beazley and Anna Vitali (OPM) explain that, beyond social protection, public works programmes—when adequately designed—can potentially enhance local productivity and contribute to overall economic development through three main channels: cash transfers; the creation or improvement of assets; and the creation or development of skills.

Translations
Two publications have been translated into Arabic and Portuguese.

The One Pager "The Indonesian Response to the Financial and Economic Crisis: Is the Developmental State Back?", by Degol Hailu (IPC-IG) is now available in Arabic.

The One Pager "Poverty Where People Live: What do National Poverty Lines Tell Us About Global Poverty", by Ugo Gentilini (WFP), and Andy Sumner (IDS), is now available in Portuguese.

See our full list of publications here

 

South-South Dialogue

Asia-Pacific Social Protection week
The socialprotection.org team is one of the partners of the Asia-Pacific Social Protection week (APSP 2016), organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), taking place from 1 to 5 August, in Manila, Philippines. The APSP 2016 will broach recent issues affecting social protection in developing economies and showcase successful stories from countries with advanced social protection systems.

This month, socialprotection.org and the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (WWP) organised the first webinar of the Series "The Brazilian experience of Social Protection Programmes", on 12 July. The webinar addressed the communications strategy of Brazil's Bolsa Família Programme on a 'how-to' basis, tackling issues such as legal framework, intergovernmental relations, and intersectoral coordination. The online event was presented by Ms. Cibelle Colmanetti e Souza, Technical Analyst on Social Policies of the National Secretariat for Citizenship Income (Senarc) at Brazil's Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development, Mr. Luis Henrique Paiva, IPC-IG Research Associate, Researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), and former National Secretary of Brazil's Bolsa Família Programme, and Mr. Antonio Claret Campos Filho, Ipea Researcher and IPC-IG Research Associate.

You can view the presentation, listen to the session recordings and register to join the platform's Online Community "Brazilian experience of Social Protection Programmes" here.

M&E in Mozambique
The IPC-IG team just wrapped up the first phase of a training course in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Systems for Social Policies at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique. Fabio Veras, Lívia Nogueira, and Mario Gyoeri—the Centre's Research Coordinator, Senior Project Management Officer, and Research Associate, respectively, delivered the first and second module of the course from 13 June to 1 July.

As a follow-up to the training course, the Centre created an online community in Portuguese, titled "Curso Monitoria e Avaliação—CAP Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/IPC-IG" on the socialprotection.org platform, so participants can share information and clarify doubts about the initiative. In the meantime, students are working on their final assignment, which they will submit on 10 August, when the IPC-IG team will return to Maputo for the final phase of the course, from 10 to 12 August.

The course is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Centre and the UEM's Centre for Policy Analysis (Centro de Análise de Políticas–CAP), and is part of the project "Brazil & Africa: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South-South Cooperation", financed by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

Knowledge sharing
On 22 June, the IPC-IG welcomed the Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and former Director of the Centre itself, Mr. Jorge Chediek, for a productive meeting on partnership opportunities in knowledge production and social protection initiatives between the two organisations.
Diana Sawyer, IPC-IG's Research Coordinator, delivered a detailed presentation about the areas of work of the Centre, notably monitoring and evaluation, social protection and knowledge production. Also participating in the meeting were Mr. Niky Fabiancic, the Resident Coordinator of the the United Nations System in Brazil, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Acting Director of the IPC-IG; Mr. Denis Nkala, UNOSSC Regional Coordinator; and Ms. Yoko Shimura, UNOSSC Programme Assistant.

On the following day (23 June), the Centre received a visit from a group of international cooperation officials from the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Guinea, Haiti, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan, Thailand and from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

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