Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 94 - April 2020
 
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Welcome to our April Bulletin! This month, we present a Policy Research Brief discussing how social protection systems can help fight the COVID-19 crisis, and another bringing a comparative analysis of the implementations of social protection information systems. We also bring you three new translations of One Pagers into Arabic. Finally, make sure to enrol in our new micro-course on social protection concepts and share it with your network.
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The new Policy Research BriefAvoiding the poverty pandemic: the potential of the Bolsa Família programme and the Single Registry as answers to COVID-19”, by Luis Henrique Paiva, Pedro H. G. Ferreira de Souza (Ipea), Letícia Bartholo and Sergei Soares (Ipea/IPC-IG), recommends using the well-established structure of Brazilian social protection programmes to help create answers to the COVID-19 crisis through an emergency benefit. A companion One Pager is also available in English, French and Portuguese.
 
The Policy Research BriefThe benefits of agile implementation in social protection development interventions: a comparative analysis of social protection information system implementations in Timor-Leste, The Bahamas and Indonesia”, by Tim Lann (Synergy International Systems) analyses the implementation of information systems in social protection programmes through the lens of agile programme implementation. Cases are examined from the perspectives of funding, planning, procurement, design and overall execution. This publication is also available in Portuguese.
New translations

Three One Pagers were translated into Arabic:

Social protection in East Africa: harnessing the future”, by Alexander Pick. The publication is also available in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

Is a country's ability to generate and distribute income determined by its productive structure?”, by Dominik Hartmann, Cristian Jara-Figueroa and Cesar Hidalgo. Versions in English and Portuguese are also available.

A comparative analysis of the effects of unemployment insurance savings accounts on the labour market”, by Ana Luiza Neves de Holanda Barbosa, Miguel Nathan Foguel and Charlotte Bilo. The publication is also available in English and Portuguese.
The IPC-IG and UNICEF ROSA join forces to provide fast responses to the COVID-19 crisis
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In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 worldwide, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has been providing assistance to the UNICEF Regional Office of South Asia (ROSA) regarding social protection measures to help mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic in the region. Since 7 April, the Centre’s researchers have been providing a help desk service for UNICEF’s national offices in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Activities include weekly meetings and delivering knowledge products. These services will be offered until 2 June.

The Centre has also produced a mapping of all South Asian countries’ public policy responses to the spread of COVID-19 so far. Additionally, several publications will soon be due for release: a Policy Research Brief analysing the adequacy of responses, taking into consideration various possible scenarios of the evolution of the pandemic as well as their macroeconomic effects; and a series of One Pagers (one for each country in the region) summarising the main takeaways of the Brief.
 
In partnership with UNICEF, the IPC-IG is providing support in the fight against COVID-19 to countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
The Centre is supporting the development of a note on social protection responses to the spread of the novel coronavirus, in partnership with the Regional UN Development Group (UNDG) for the MENA Region, which includes agencies such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In addition, the Centre will provide technical assistance to UNICEF country offices in the region on social protection responses to the current crisis.
 
The IPC-IG is holding internal discussions on impact evaluation using propensity score methods
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IPC-IG researchers involved in the project “Impact Evaluation of Seguro Defeso on the Socioeconomic Conditions of Small-Scale Shrimp Fishers in Brazil”, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), are conducting a series of internal seminars on the use of propensity score methods to evaluate public policies. The goal of the seminar is to explore methodological approaches to impact evaluations carried out by the team.

During five online sessions (from 15 to 24 April), they discussed different aspects of the methodology and its application, such as propensity score estimation, weighting, stratification and matching. Two additional sessions on propensity score methods for multiple treatments and continuous treatment doses will take place on 27 and 29 April, respectively. Presentations are delivered by the Centre’s Senior Research Coordinator, Diana Sawyer, and researchers Tamara Santos, Marília Rocha, Carolina Bloch and José Silva.
 
New online micro-course on social protection concepts launches today
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“What is Social Protection? An Introduction” launches today. It is a self-paced micro-course available at the socialprotection.org platform. It introduces the concept of social protection and discusses how it has changed over time, presenting different approaches and definitions, and discussing its cross-cutting nature. Developed by the IPC-IG and sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), it is the first micro-course in a series on social protection fundamentals and special topics.

It is divided into four lessons: 1) The history of social protection; 2) Conceptual approaches to social protection; 3) Introduction to social protection definitions; and 4) Understanding social protection and its relation to other policy sectors. Attendees can choose to start and progress through the course’s content at any time. It is estimated to be completed in two hours. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.
 
Webinar series: “Social protection responses to COVID-19”
The webinar series “Social Protection responses to COVID-19”—part of a joint effort that also includes a weekly newsletter and an Online Community at socialprotection.org—has already hosted six sessions, garnering over 2,000 attendees so far. These sessions discussed different social protection approaches to respond to the crisis, including measures to mitigate impacts on employment, universal basic income, actions targeting elderly people, among others. Each webinar in the series is announced ahead of time in the joint effort’s weekly newsletter. To watch previous sessions or learn more about the upcoming webinars, please visit this page.

This is a joint initiative by 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.
 
Latest responses to COVID-19 on IPC-IG's Twitter
IPC-IG researchers are continuously developing Twitter threads to keep our followers informed on the latest responses to the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. The Centre has already published various threads detailing the Brazilian Emergency Benefit; responses to the school closures and their impacts on food security; and Costa Rica´s responses to the crisis. Take a look at these threads by clicking the links below and follow us on Twitter for further updates.
Brazil  •  Thread 1 | Thread 2Thread 3
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Thread 1Thread 2Thread 3
Costa Rica  
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We are accepting applications from outstanding students for our 2020 Internship Programme! Requirements and information on how to apply are available here.

A special internship on Website Databases is also open for applications until 3 May. To apply, send an email to internship@ipc-undp.org with “Website Databases Internship” as the subject, and attach a completed and signed application for the IPC-IG Internship Programme form, your updated CV/resume, proof of enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate-level university programme or an university certificate, and a copy of your identification document.
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