Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 98 - August 2020
 
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Welcome to the August edition of our Inclusive Growth Bulletin! In this issue, we present two new Policy Research Briefs: one on climate resilience and another on active labour market policies and their impacts on the employability of young people, and a new One Pager discussing the linkages between Official Development Assistance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

We also bring you exciting news regarding events and other activities of the IPC-IG. The socialprotection.org online platform will host its first global e-conference, titled "Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: what's next for social protection?". The South Asia webinar series had one more session and two more are planned to take place in the next months. The technical assistance to the Iranian government held its fifth session. The Centre also delivered five studies to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of the project “Impact Evaluation of Seguro Defeso on the Socioeconomic Conditions of Small-Scale Shrimp Fishers in Brazil”. Enjoy your reading!
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Rural populations and smallholder farmers are at great risk of falling into poverty due to the consequences of climate change. The Policy Research BriefBuilding 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 long-term climate resilience. 
 
Active labour market policies (ALMPs) are the most common type of social protection used by governments to improve employability, intervening in the labour market to help the unemployed find work. The Policy Research BriefEvidence from global practices of active labour market policies for young people’s transition to work”, by Nicolò Bird (IPC-IG), contributes to the discussion by providing a summary of findings on the impact of ALMPs on youth employment. The research is the result of a partnership between the IPC-IG, the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO) and the ILO Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS). This publication is also available in Portuguese.
 
Official development assistance (ODA) is one of the most important means of implementation in financing for development. The One PagerLinkages between Official Development Assistance and the Sustainable Development Goals: a scoping review”, by Amina Said Alsayyad (Al-Azhar University), addresses two issues with ODA: donor performance and statistical methodology. You can also read this publication in Arabic and in Portuguese
 
New translations

The following One Pagers have new translations:

Elite taxation, rent-seeking and income inequality in Brazil”, by Marc Morgan, which was already available in English and in Portuguese, was recently translated into French.

The impacts of social protection benefits on behaviours potentially related to inclusive growth: a literature review”, by Luis Henrique Paiva and Santiago Falluh Varella, can now be found in French. It was previously available in Arabic and Portuguese.

Gender and social protection in South Asia: an assessment of non-contributory programmes", by Charlotte Bilo, is now available in Arabic. The publication was previously available in Portuguese.
 
A mapping of social protection responses to COVID-19 in countries of the Middle East and North Africa was recently published
A Technical Note titled “Social Protection responses to the COVID-19 crisis in the MENA/Arab States region” was just published by the IPC-IG and by the Issued-based Coalition on Social Protection (IBC-SP). It is a mapping that provides information on the social protection measures taken in response to the global pandemic in 21 countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, focusing on State-provided social protection, as well as benefits and services provided by UN agencies (as of June). The study covers four main topics: social insurance and labour market interventions; social assistance; special measures for foreign refugee workers and for internally displaced people (IDPs); as well as changes in administrative and operational procedures of social protection programmes. Read more.
 
Technical assistance session to the Iranian government addresses operational aspects of Brazilian social protection schemes
The fifth session of the technical assistance to the Iranian Government via UNICEF Iran took place on 28 July and presented relevant operational aspects of Brazilian social protection programmes, such as Bolsa Família. Some of the topics addressed during the session were the definition of the programme rules and allocation of resources; the measurement of targeting and coverage processes; and the costs of the delivery of services and schemes. This session was presented by researcher Luis Henrique Paiva (Ipea), with the participation of IPC-IG researchers Anna Carolina Machado, Krista Alvarenga and Beatriz Burattini.

This technical assistance project started in May 2020, promoting periodic meetings to present the experience of Brazil’s social protection system to experts and decisionmakers of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare (MCLSW) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Learn more about previous sessions here.
 
The IPC-IG presents a status report of a study which aims to provide new management strategies to the social assistance system in Bahia, Brazil
On 10 August, the IPC-IG presented to government representatives of the Brazilian state of Bahia, the Social Assistance State Council and to consultants the current status of a research project aimed at assisting the development of a strategy for the planning and management of Unified Social Assistance System (Sistema Único de Assistência Social—SUAS). By September, the Centre is expected to deliver the Social Assistance State Plan (Plano Estadual de Assistência Social—PEAS) to the Government of Bahia. By December, the Centre will present a study on topics related to social protection and SUAS Bahia. Read more.
 
IPC-IG delivers four reports to FAO regarding the impact evaluation of the benefit granted to fishers during the temporary stoppage of fishery activities in Brazil
On 20 August, the IPC-IG team delivered to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) four reports that gather background information on the impact evaluation of Seguro-Defeso, a social protection programme that supports artisanal fishers during the temporary stoppage of fishery activities in Brazil. The studies are part of the first outcome of a project developed through a partnership between FAO and the IPC-IG, titled “Impact Evaluation of Seguro-Defeso on the Socioeconomic Conditions of Small-Scale Shrimp Fishers in Brazil”. Learn more about each one of the reports on our website.  Read more.
 
The fourth session of the Social Protection in South Asia webinar series discussed COVID-19 responses in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan
On 20 August 2020, the IPC-IG, together with UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) and UNICEF’s Country Offices in Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, held a webinar titled “Profiles of the social protection systems of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan prior to COVID-19 and snapshots of their responses to the pandemic”. The recording is available here.

The speakers Usha Mishra, Chief of Social Policy, Evidence and Evaluation at UNICEF Nepal; Louise Moreira Daniels, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Sri Lanka; and IPC-IG researchers Isabela Franciscon and Beatriz Burattini discussed various aspects of the social protection landscapes before COVID-19, as well as how countries have adapted their social protection systems to provide responses to the ongoing crisis. The UNICEF presenters also discussed potential paths ahead. The session was moderated by Nienke Voppen, Cash Based Assistance Programme Specialist, at UNICEF Afghanistan.

This was the fourth webinar of the Series ''Social Protection in South Asia – the landscape before COVID-19, and a snapshot into responses to the crisis and the paths ahead'', jointly organised by the IPC-IG, UNICEF ROSA, and UNICEF Country Offices. The next session will take place on 24 September 2020 and will discuss the pre- and post-COVID-19 social protection responses in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bhutan and Maldives will be showcased on 22 October 2020.
 
The socialprotection.org platform hosts a global e-Conference on the future of social protection in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic
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The global e-conference "Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: what's next for social protection?" will take place on 5, 6 and 8 October 2020. In addition to providing a space to evaluate, share experiences on and learn about social protection responses to COVID-19, the event will also serve as a moment for reflection, allowing the community to discuss the future of social protection in a post-pandemic scenario. 

The event is the first global e-conference organised by socialprotection.org and will also mark the platform´s fifth anniversary. socialprotection.org is an unbranded platform, supported by the G20 Development Working Group and financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The initiative was launched in September 2015 and is hosted by the IPC-IG. It has been developed in consultation with the World Bank Group, the ILO, and leading agencies gathered under the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B). Read more.
 
IPC-IG researchers collaborated on a publication examining the conditions of poor children in Africa and the challenges in achieving the SDGs in the region
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The recently released publication “What Works for Africa's Poorest Children: From measurement to action” (Practical Action Publishing 2020) featured IPC-IG Researchers Charlotte Bilo and Anna Carolina Machado, who contributed with the chapter "Child-sensitive non-contributory social protection in North Africa", providing an assessment of programmes of six countries in the region: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. Read more.