Our work

Research Strategy

IPC-IG's research is rigorous and cross-disciplinary. It brings together economists, demographers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and experts in the field of international relations with the common goal of fighting poverty and reducing inequality. The research programmes are complementary in nature and designed to reach a wide audience through research, training programmes, advisory services and fellowships, and by supporting knowledge-based networks.

South-South Dialogue

IPC-IG contributes significantly to the promotion of South-South dialogue through a number of activities, such as: i) Sharing innovative policy experiences in the South; ii) Supporting capacity building of policymakers, development practitioners and UN specialists through a series of training programmes; iii) Hosting government representatives and scholars from developing countries; iv) Organising Study Tours; v) Networking with governments in the South.

Areas of Work

Area 1: Social Protection

  • Design and Impact Evaluations of Social Protection Programmes in Developing Countries;
  • Analysis of Food Security and Support for Smallholder Farmers.

Area 2: Population and Social Policies

  • Human Settlement, Social Groups and Equity;
  • Living Standards and M&E of Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Area 3: South-South Learning – Knowledge Management and Sharing

  • Organization of Study Visits and International Seminars on South-South Learning;
  • Development of National Evaluation Capacities;
  • Online Platforms and Forums;
  • Engagement and advocacy strategies;
  • Internship and Fellowship programmes.

Ongoing Projects

For over 10 years, the Centre has been working to meet the requests of countries of the South, as well as developing and providing country-and-context-specific solutions frame around the three pillars: knowlede production, knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening. Solutions have been developed together with policymakers and experts, empowering and strengthening both human and institutional capacities and resources.   The ongoing projects in 2016-2017 are listed below:

On Knowledge Production


  • Increasing Literacy Rates in the city of Maceió, Brazil – the project provides support for the Brazilian northeastern city to adopt a strategy based on evidence to increase literacy. Donor: UNDP Brazil; Partners: UNDP Brazil, Government of Maceió and Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea).


  • Country Strategic Position Papers for Brazil – the project will diagnose and evaluate the main determinants of rural poverty, the state of fiscal policies and rural development, as well as the consequences of climate change in Brazil, focusing on rural growth in the North and Northeast regions of the country. Donor: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Partners: IFAD, Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and UNDP Brazil.


  • Promoting Local Food Purchases for Food Assistance on the African Continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa) – the project aims to implement the monitoring and to support the evaluation of the PAA Africa project. Donor: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP); Partners: PAA Africa, WFP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),   Government of Brazil (CGFome).
  • The effect of social protection benefits on growth & equality - This project will identify and quantify the role played by social protection benefits on inclusive growth. Donor: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Partner: Ipea
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the WFP’s social and behaviour change communication project in Mozambique’s Manica province - This project will monitor and evaluate an innovative social and behaviour change communication project to improve the health and nutrition of children in Mozambique’s Manica province; Donor: World Food Programme (WFP) Mozambique; Partner: WFP Mozambique 


  • Monitoring and evaluation for the IFAD’s projects in Brazil - this project will support the strengthening and structuring of the M&E of IFAD projects in Brazil; design  M&E systems for IFAD projects currently under development in Brazil; validate the system on online platforms for follow-up purposes; Donor: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); Partners: IFAD, Programa Semear. 
  • Support to the UNDP’s children at Olympic villages: a fitness inclusion programme—Nike - this project will prepare a baseline study on how and to what extent the Rio Olympic Villages interventions are achieving their goals, objectives and outcomes;Donor: Nike and UNDP Brazil; Partners: NIKE and UNDP Brazil
  • Technical support to HIV-sensitive social protection initiatives and facilitation of South–South cooperation - this project will facilitate technical assistance in documenting experiences, as well as creating, promoting and administering an online community on HIV-sensitive social protection systems on the socialprotection.org online platform; Donor: UNICEF; Partner: UNICEF

On Knowledge sharing

  • Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway – socialprotection.org – the free, online platform socialprotection.org is an unbranded, interactive online hub which hosts contributions from individuals, multi- and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, researcher centres, academia and government bodies to foster South-South learning on social protection. Donor: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Government of Australia, and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ); Partners: Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B).
  • Brasil & África: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South South Cooperation (Outcome 1) – this project aims to promote knowledge and learning sharing on social protection issues between Brazil and African low-income countries, helping to reduce poverty in Africa. Donor: British Department for International Development (DFID); Partners: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), Ipea, Brazil’s Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development (MDSA), UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and WFP (Brazil).
  • Support to the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty – The IPC-IG is a co-founder of the WWP. Donor: World Bank Group (WB); Partners: Brazil’s Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development (MDSA), World Bank and Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea). 

On Capacity Strenghthening 

  • Brasil & Africa: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South South Cooperation (Outcome 2) – this project aims to improve monitoring and evaluation of social policies in Mozambique, as a result of technical capacity development. The Centre works with the most prestigious university in Mozambique, the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in order to achieve this outcome. Donor: British Department for International Development (DFID); Partners: Centro de Análise de Políticas (CAP), Faculdade de Letras e Ciências Sociais (FLCS) — Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM).
  • Design and implementation of a training course on social protection in Luanda, Angola - under this project, the IPC-IG will implement the training course on social protection in Luanda and review the documents related to the SIMSAP project, support the Government of Angola to improve its national social assistance policy and legislative framework, and assist with its implementation; Donor:UNICEF Angola Country Office; Partners: UNICEF Angola
  • Course on monitoring and evaluation in Mozambique - IPC-IG is responsible for the design and implementation of a course on monitoring and evaluation arrangements for social protection systems in Mozambique; Donor: OECD; Partners: Mozambique’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS), Institute for Social  Action (INAS) and National Institute for Statistics (INE).

 For more information on our projects, read IPC-IG 2016 Activity Reports, and previously launched reports.


Ever since its creation in 2004, the IPC-IG has disseminated over 1.443 policy-oriented research publications that provide useful insights on various issues related to inclusive growth strategies.
It has established and consolidated a global network that covers 189 countries and reaches out to over 37,000 selected stakeholders working in areas related to its thematic focus at government level and in academia, the United Nations and civil society organisations. IPC-IG’s training sessions, workshops and study tours have already involved more than 7,000 representatives of around 50 developing countries
Updated: May, 2017