Support to social protection knowledge production and policy analysis in the MENA region

Start Date: Status: Ongoing

Description

Under this UN–UN agreement, the IPC-IG supports the production of knowledge in the field of social protection and provides policy analysis in all 20 countries in the MENA region (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen). The Centre also provides on-demand remote (and on-site for some selected cases) technical support to all UNICEF Country Offices in the region. The goal of this project is to produce a series of four knowledge products on the following topics: (i) an overview of social protection programmes in MENA from a child-sensitivity perspective; (ii) public financing for child-sensitive social protection in MENA: what is yet needed to expand child-sensitive and equitable social protection?; (iii) social protection legislative frameworks in MENA from a children’s rights perspective; and (iv) building shock-resistant national social protection systems.

Partners

UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO)

Region/Countries

Middle East and North Africa

Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Other Thematic Areas

Inclusive Growth

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty , SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Project Results

The latest activities of the project:

Publications: Overview of Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Through a Child and Equity Lens (including 20 Country One Pagers); Children’s Right to Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Region—an Analysis of Legal Frameworks from a Child Rights Perspective; Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the MENA Region; Fiscal space for child-sensitive social protection in the MENA region (see them below);

Remote and on-site support for social protection provided to UNICEF country offices in MENA: Djibouti (remote and on-site); Iran (remote); Lebanon (remote and on-site); Morocco (remote and on-site); Tunisia (remote and on-site); Sudan (remote and on-site);

Webinars organised (hosted by socialprotection.org): Overview of Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Through a Child Lens (28 Novermber 2017); Changes in the provision of social protection in MENA since the Arab uprisings (11 June 2018); Children’s Right to Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa – An analysis of legal frameworks from a child-rights perspective (2 October 2018); Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the MENA Region (6 December 2018); 

Special issue of the IPC-IG’s flagship magazine, Policy in Focus: “Social Protection after the Arab Spring” (available in English, French and Arabic);

Online Community on socialprotection.org: “Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Region”.

As part of the knowledge production component, during 2019 the Centre worked in the development of the research report “The Role of Social Protection in Young People’s Transition to the Workplace (YPTW) in MENA”, which has already been released (see it below).

*To be updated.