Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 93 - March 2020
 
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Welcome to our March 2020 Bulletin! This edition arrives at a time when the entire world is mobilised to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. The IPC-IG is doing its part in this global effort, maintaining its activities through a remote work schedule.

This month, the IPC-IG presents its actions to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the new IPC-IG Institutional One Pager, a Policy Research Brief on labour laws systems and two new One Pagers. The first discusses targeting in the Bolsa Família conditional cash transfer programme, and the other assesses the value of public education.
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The Policy Research BriefComparing international Iabour law systems: a methodology for country profiles”, by Alexandre Cunha (Ipea/IPC-IG), Diana Sawyer, José Monteiro da Silva, Luca Lazzarini, Marília Rocha, Tamara Santos, Vinícius Vaz Nogueira and Mariana Hoffmann (IPC-IG), describes the process for selecting six countries for an international comparative study on labour law systems. This publication is also available in Portuguese
 
The new IPC-IG Institutional One Pager explains how the Centre works and presents the projects developed in 2019. It is also available in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
 
The One PagerTargeting in the Bolsa Família programme from 2012 to 2018 based on data from the Continuous National Household Sample Survey”, by Luis Henrique Paiva, Marconi Souza and Hugo Nunes (Institute for Applied Economic Research—Ipea), discusses the targeting accuracy of Brazil’s flagship conditional cash transfer programme, and if its good performance observed in the early 2000s has endured over time. The paper is also available in Arabic and French.
 
A new One Pager, titled “The market value of public education”, by Sergei Soares (Ipea/IPC-IG), compares three methods for evaluating educational services and their distributive impact. For each method, the total value of public educational services was calculated by level, as well as their impact on income inequality. The publication is also available in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
 
The IPC-IG starts effort to map social protection initiatives in response to COVID-19 and invites partners to contribute
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The IPC-IG, in partnership with the socialprotection.org platform, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia, are working together to disseminate information and promote discussions on how social protection systems and measures are being used to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Other partners are also invited and welcome to participate.

An Online Community has been created on the socialprotecion.org platform, which aims to compile the latest responses to questions such as: How can social protection programmes help cushion the loss of income, especially among those who were already working in precarious jobs? How can social protection assist those who are more likely to get seriously ill due to COVID-19, such as the elderly? Also, how can the food security of millions of children be secured when they are not receiving meals at school due to the shut-downs? Anyone interested in the topic is invited to
access the Online Community and share their thoughts and relevant materials. Learn how you can contribute.

In addition, news from all over the world are being compiled and organised in a weekly newsletter titled “Social Protection in times of #COVID-19”, to be sent out to subscribers. The publication aims to gather the most relevant news on how countries across the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis through social protection measures.

If you wish to receive this bulletin with news about social protection and COVID-19, please subscribe to IPC-IG´s mailing list.

Webinars are also being planned on the socialprotection.org platform, regarding the spread of COVID-19, its social impacts and how to mitigate them. Each week, a webinar will be announced through the “Social Protection in times of #COVID19” newsletter. The first one, titled “Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond”, will be on 31 March 2020.For more information and to participate, please click here. You can also subscribe to the socialprotection.org webinars mailing list to learn about all the webinars hosted by the platform on a diverse range of subjects regarding social protection.
 
The IPC-IG, FAO and socialprotection.org launch online course on SDGs 1 and 2
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The IPC-IG and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched, on 23 March 2020, the self-paced online course “Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2”. The course is available at the socialprotection.org platform. It focuses on broadening understanding and strengthening capacity in the use of rural poverty analysis. It covers the multiple and inter-sectoral elements and processes that are vital to adequately support policy and programme design and implementation in sub-Saharan African countries towards eradicating poverty and hunger and reaching SDGs 1 and 2.

As a self-paced course, the user can choose to start and end this course at any time, going through its content and activities at his/hers own pace.  Its four modules require 15 hours of learning time. Once the user completes the interactive lessons, tests and a final exam, a certificate of completion signed by the IPC-IG will be available. Access this link  for more information and start the course.

The course is a spin-off originated from a project called Development and implementation of the virtual phase of the Capacity Development Programme (CDP) on ‘Strengthening the use of poverty analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2’, which was developed by FAO and the IPC-IG in 2019.
 
The IPC-IG postpones travel missions and events due to COVID-19
The IPC-IG has decided to postpone all travel missions and events scheduled for March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centre’s staff has also been working from home since 17 March. Initially, this arrangement is scheduled to last until 17 April, but is subject to change according to the evolution of the pandemic, following quarantine recommendations from the authorities.
 

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Researcher to develop quantitative and qualitative analysis of social protection programmes and on fiscal analysis in Sri Lanka.
  • Consultant to develop studies on norms, procedures, processes and flows of budgetary and financial management of the Unified Social Assistance System of the State of Bahia (Brazil).
  • Project Clerk to support the projects´ management, monitoring of activities, develop repots, archiving of physical and digital documents, among other activities.
  • Project Analyst to monitor and implement operations` activities, contribute to the elaboration of Terms of Reference (ToR) for hiring processes, and procure goods up among other activities.
  • Administrative Assistant to compile and analyse budget and personnel data for projects and activities, support the incorporation of relevant information in the institutional planning tools of Ipea, act as a point of contact between the IPC and Ipea, among others.

 We are also accepting applications from outstanding students for our 2020 Internship Programme! Requirements and information on how to apply are available here.

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