Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 61 - March 2017




Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest edition of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin!

This month we are glad to present you a special edition of the Policy in Focus magazine, Social Protection: towards gender equality, launched ahead of the International Women’s Day 2017, and a variety of new publications.

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

We hope you enjoy your reading!

New Policy in Focus Magazine

The new issue of Policy in Focus Social protection: towards gender equality comprises 10 articles covering key topics related to gender equality and social protection. It features a wide range of contributions from women policy practitioners and scholars, presenting case studies and reflections from Brazil and various African countries. It was auspiciously released for International Women’s Day 2017.

This special edition was organised by specialist guest editors Raquel Tebaldi, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG/UNDP), and Flora Myamba, formerly at Policy Research for Development (REPOA).

This issue was produced in partnership with REPOA and was prepared as 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). It is available for download in PDF in English and in Portuguese, as well as in smartphone/tablet-friendly formats.

The One PagerHarmonisation of contributory and non-contributory programmes” is the second publication in a series of One Pagers developed by the IPC-IG and HelpAge International. Authored by both institutions, it summarizes the discussion held during the webinar Fiscal Space for Social Protection: Harmonization of Contributory and Non-Contributory programmes, recently hosted by The webinar explored options and insights in favour of broader social protection coverage. This study is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The One PagerAre social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean shock-responsive?", by Rodolfo Beazley (Oxford Policy Management), in collaboration with the World Food Programme, addresses preparedness of a system, focusing on three key aspects: targeting, delivery and coordination, and the responsiveness, following the five different types identified by OPM. This One Pager is a partnership between the IPC-IG and OPM, and is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

We are also glad to share the updated Progress report on the implementation of outcome 2 of the project “Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation, which is available in English and Portuguese. In this report, the IPC-IG team presents the result of the implementation of a course in monitoring and evaluation, oriented towards academics and policymakers in Mozambique. The course was carried out in partnership with the Centre of Policy Analysis of the Eduardo Mondlane University (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane—UEM) in Maputo.

DFID contracted the IPC-IG to carry out the implementation of outcomes 1 and 2 of the project. Recently, the Centre published its progress report on the implementation of outcome 1, which comprised producing knowledge related to social protection and gender issues, aimed at Brazilian and African policymakers and practitioners, and promoting the sharing of knowledge among them. It is available in English and Portuguese.

New Translations

The One Pager "Promoting Very Poor Women’s Entrepreneurship: Combining Social Security with Training and Micro-credit", by Dev Nathan (Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India and Duke University, USA), and Govind Kelkar (Landesa, Rural Development Institute, New Delhi, India and Seattle, USA) is now available in French. This study was previously released in English and Spanish.

See our full list of publications here

South-South Dialogue

Social protection monitoring and evaluation course in Mozambique

From 27 February to 3 March, the Centre delivered a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) course on social protection systems in Maputo, Mozambique, to a gender-balanced group of students. The course was tailor-made for policymakers of the Mozambican Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS) and the Institute for Social Action (INAS). It provided participants with a solid understanding of M&E practices for the social protection sector, as well as day-to-day functions and activities.

The IPC-IG’s delegation included Senior Research Coordinator Fabio Veras, Senior Project Management Officer Lívia Nogueira, Ipea Researcher and IPC-IG Research Associate Antonio Claret Neto, and Ipea Researcher Joana Mostafa. The course was developed under the scope of a new project between the IPC- IG and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as part of the European Union Social Protection Systems Programme (EU-SPS).

Sharing knowledge regarding women’s empowerment

The IPC-IG, the United Kingdom Embassy in Brazil and the UK Ministry for International Development (DFID)jointly organized an event to launch the new special edition of the Policy in Focus magazine, Social Protection: Towards Gender Equality. This launch marked the beginning of the celebrations for International Women's Day 2017, on 8 March.

Mr. Wasim Mir, Chargé d'Affaires at the British Embassy in Brazil, and Ms. Marise Nogueira, Head of the Social Affairs Division of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered the opening remarks. The discussion panel gathered Mr. Indranil Chakrabarti, Counsellor for DFID in Brazil, Mr.Wófsi Yuri de Souza, General Coordinator of the General Coordination of Technical Cooperation and Partnerships with Developed Countries (CGTP) of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, and Ms. Raquel Tebaldi, Research Assistant and co-editor of the magazine.


Mission to Egypt

IPC-IG Senior Research Coordinators Fábio Veras and Rafael Osorio, and Research Associate Pedro Arruda travelled to Cairo, Egypt, from 5 to 9 March, for the inception mission of the project that will review and improve the child-sensitive monitoring and evaluation systems of the country's cash transfer programmes. This joint mission was organised by UNICEF.

The team met with the country’s Minister of Social Solidarity, H.E. Mrs. Ghada Waly, to discuss means of producing child-sensitive data on poverty and vulnerability that can contribute towards improving the effectiveness of Egypt’s flagship cash transfer programmes: Takaful, Karama and Damon. They also held meetings with representatives of the ministries of Education and Health and Population, with the local UNICEF and World Food Programme (WFP) teams, and conducted interviews and field visits

New webinars on

Our colleagues at are organising two exciting webinars. On 23 March, they will host the webinar Shock responsive social protection in practice: experiences in Pakistan and the Philippines. The organiser, Oxford Policy Management (OPM), will share case studies of these two countries, which have been experimenting with building on their social protection systems to provide effective disaster response. Register here.

The webinar Reactive social protection in the face of emergencies in Latin America and the Caribbean: The experiences of Ecuador and Guatemala will be hosted on 30 March. Come and join the experts from OPM and the World Food Programme (WFP) in the discussion about the role of social protection in emergency response. The webinar will be held in Spanish. Register here.

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