Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 95 - May 2020
 
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Welcome to the May edition of our Inclusive Growth Bulletin! This month, we present a Research Report produced in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) discussing national policies for paternity, maternity and parental leaves and support to breastfeeding in the workplace. We also bring a new Policy Research Brief with preliminary considerations to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on international trade, trade policy and foreign investments. We also feature a new webinar series on social protection in South Asia
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A new Research ReportMaternidad y paternidad en el lugar de trabajo en América Latina y el Caribe—políticas para la licencia de maternidad y paternidad y apoyo a la lactancia materna”, by Charlotte Bilo and Raquel Tebaldi (IPC-IG), compares current parental leave policies and policies supporting breastfeeding in the workplace in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. A related Executive Summary can be found in English, Portuguese and Spanish. A companion One Pager is also available in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. These publications comprise part of the outputs resulting from a partnership between the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
 
The Policy Research BriefInternational trade, trade policy and foreign investment: preliminary considerations on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis”, by Ivan Oliveira, Fernando Ribeiro, Renato Baumann, Glauco Avellino Oliveira, Luís Felipe Giesteira, Luís Fernando Tironi  and André Pinelli Alves (Institute for Applied Economic Research—Ipea), offers a preliminary assessment of the impacts of the current health crisis on international trade in goods. The study discusses the effects of the pandemic on many aspects of trade policy, including direct foreign investments. A companion One Pager is available in English and Portuguese.
 
 
The IPC-IG presents social protection programmes in response to the current pandemic to officials of the Iranian government
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Under the scope of the IPC-IG’s technical assistance to UNICEF Iran, an online session with government representatives of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MCLSW) of the Islamic Republic of Iran took place on 13 May 2020. Researchers Anna Carolina Machado and Charlotte Bilo (IPC-IG) presented the framework of shock-responsive social protection and the role of cash transfers in emergency contexts, such as the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Researcher Luis Henrique Paiva (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada—Ipea) presented the case of Brazil’s flagship cash transfer programme, Bolsa Família, and of the Auxílio Emergencial (Emergency Benefit) as responses to the current crisis.
 
Researchers from IPC-IG and UNICEF LACRO released a Technical Note on social protection measures taken in Latin America and the Caribbean in response to COVID-19
A team of IPC-IG researchers—composed of Anna Machado, Nurth Palomo, Lucas Sato, Marcela Ramirez and Nicolò Bird—is working with the specialists Monica Rubio and Gerardo Escaroz from the Social Policy Unit of UNICEF’s Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) to map and analyse government social protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis in the region. In early May, a Technical Note was published on the socialprotection.org platform, summarising relevant measures implemented by late April, with a special focus on social assistance programmes, especially cash transfers and school feeding schemes. The document (available in Spanish) can be downloaded here. The work is developed under the scope of a cooperation project between IPC-IG and UNICEF LACRO.
 
The IPC-IG and UNICEF ROSA are launching a new webinar series on social protection in South Asia
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As a result of a partnership between the IPC-IG and UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), we present a new webinar series titled “Social Protection in South Asia—the landscape before COVID-19, a snapshot into responses to the crisis and the paths ahead”.

Throughout 2019, the IPC-IG and UNICEF ROSA undertook a comparative overview and analysis of important dimensions to assess the social protection systems of South Asia, which resulted in five reports that are the basis of this series of six webinars. The discussions will present the social protection landscape before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the novel shock responses brought about by the ongoing crisis, new responses are being deployed or planned, and the prospects for the ‘new normal’ of social protection set ups moving forward.

The first webinar, titled “Non-contributory social protection in South Asia: An overview from a child, equity and gender perspective”, will take place on 28 May, at 08:00 a.m. GMT+5/EDT, and will present an overview of a sample of 51 non-contributory social protection programmes. It will also discuss the child-sensitive design features of these programmes and introduce an analysis of gender issues presented in the study “Gender and social protection in South Asia: an assessment of the design of non-contributory programmes“. You can register here.

The second webinar will discuss the social expenditure in South Asia and Fiscal Space for UCB in the COVID crisis. It will take place on 25 June 2020. The time is still to be confirmed. Stay tuned to the webinar series page to learn more when the information of this second webinar becomes available.
 
New blog post analyses the importance of universal lifecycle cash transfers as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Sri Lanka
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The role of social protection programmes and responses in times of crisis—such as the ongoing COVID-19 emergency—is now in evidence in both developed and developing countries. A new blog post by the Chief of Social Policy at UNICEF, Louise Moreira Daniels, was published on the socialprotection.org platform. It reflects on how cash transfers can be an effective response to the pandemic while fostering economic recovery.  UNICEF has been working in partnership with the IPC-IG to support the Government of Sri Lanka in reforming the country’s social protection system. Read the full blog post here.
 
The IPC-IG is looking for a knowledge management consultant, who will be responsible for supporting the development of three e-learning initiatives on the socialprotection.org platform under a Moodle environment. Learn more here.

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