Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 97 - July 2020
 
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Welcome to the July edition of our Inclusive Growth Bulletin! In this month’s issue, we present a new Policy Research Brief on the role of social protection in the promotion of decent work for young people in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, a One Pager on the conditions of trade disputes in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and another on how social protection can help build climate resilience. We also bring updates on the Centre’s technical assistance to the Iranian government, two new sessions of our COVID-19 webinar series, and news of the IPC-IG’s participation in a webinar on innovation in social protection in response to COVID-19 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners. Enjoy your reading!
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The Policy Research BriefMost affected subgroups in young people's transitions to work in the MENA region”, by Nicolò Bird (IPC-IG), focuses on the role of social protection to promote transitions to work for young people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), especially among vulnerable groups. The study discusses the factors that limit transitions to decent work—a central concern for policymakers—since the distribution of quality jobs can be unequal in the region. This paper is also available in Portuguese.
 
The One PagerCompliance with WTO rules in controversies involving public Health, environmental protection and other ‘exceptions’”, by Rodrigo Fagundes Cezar (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), analyses the conditions of trade disputes in the World Trade Organization (WTO) that invoke the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs’ (GATT) Article XX, and why some cases take longer than others to be resolved. This publication is also available in Portuguese.
 
Rural populations and smallholder farmers are at great risk of falling into poverty due to the consequences of climate change. The One Pager “Building climate resilience through social protection in Brazil: the Garantia Safra public climate risk insurance programme”, by Elena Kühne (University of Duisburg-Essen), examines the Brazilian index-based climate risk insurance public scheme Garantia Safra, providing an assessment of the role of social protection in building longer-term climate resilience. This publication has been translated into German and Portuguese.
 
 
Evaluation of social protection legislation, expenditure and programme impact under discussion in the third webinar of a series on South Asia
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On 23 July, the IPC-IG, together with UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), held a webinar titled “Social expenditure, legislative frameworks and findings of impact evaluations of social protection in South Asia”. The main findings and takeaways of three papers were presented by Carolina Bloch (Researcher at the IPC-IG), Luca Lazzarini (Senior specialist scholarship holder at the Institute for Applied Economic Research—Ipea) and Yannick Markhof (Consultant at the IPC-IG). The session was moderated by Usha Mishra, Chief of Social Policy, Evidence and Evaluation at UNICEF. Read more.
 
 
The IPC-IG presented a Brazilian basic income cash transfer project to Iranian officials
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On 7 July, the IPC-IG invited researchers from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) to presente the Basic Income Project of the city of Maricá to officials of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MCLSW) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The main goal of the meeting was to provide an overview of the project—one of the largest basic income programmes in Latin America. The Iranian government is exploring options to implement a local cash transfer and digital currency pilot programme in a ‘free zone’ port in the province of Sistan Baluchestan, the second largest in the country, with a population of 2.9 million people (as of 2019). Read more
 
New webinar of the ‘Social protection responses to COVID-19’ series discuss how well-designed programmes can help prevent child marriage
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This week, the socialprotection.org platform will host one more session of the ongoing webinar series titled ‘Social protection responses to COVID19’. On Thursday, 30 July, the discussion will be about the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls living in places that are currently facing economic stress, whose situation has worsened due to the crisis. The session “Social Protection and Child Marriage: Evidence, Practice and Opportunities” will address the evidence-based role of social protection in preventing child marriage, what are the programme design characteristics that can improve outcomes in this area and the linkages between child marriage, child protection and social protection programming. Click here to register.

The webinar series is part of the task force “Social protection responses to COVID-19”, a partnership between the IPC-IG, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia (DFAT), in collaboration with the socialprotection.org platform. The initiative also includes an Online Community and a weekly newsletter.
 
The IPC-IG participated in a webinar on social protection responses to COVID-19

On 9 July, Research Coordinator Fábio Veras (IPC-IG) participated in the “International Forum on innovation in agri-food systems to achieve SDGs” as a speaker in the webinar “Innovation on social protection in response to COVID-19 in the NENA region: building on best practices cases”. The forum was organised by FAO, together with the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (NENA), the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other international organisations.

Veras provided an overview of the social protection responses to COVID-19 around the world and in the NENA region specifically, starting with the role of social protection systems in the context of the pandemic and their relevance, especially in informal sectors, in supporting households to afford basic needs while allowing them to comply with containment measures; ensuring access to health care and adequate treatment; stabilising economies; and preserving solidarity and social cohesion. Read more.
 
The IPC-IG is looking for a knowledge management support consultant, who will be responsible for assisting activities of the socialprotection.org platform related to e-learning, social media and Online Communities. The application deadline is 31 July. Learn more here.