Research Institutes and Think Tanks

  • Centre for Social Protection, at the Institute of Development Studies, the centre supports a global network of partners working to mainstream social protection in development policy and encourage social protection systems and instruments that are comprehensive, long-term, sustainable and pro-poor.
  • Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, in the Overseas Development Institute, works to increase awareness of chronic poverty, ensuring that chronically poor people are not forgotten by policy makers, and to use evidence to improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes at reducing chronic poverty.
  • CIARIS Learning and Resource Centre on Social Inclusion, order to strengthen practitioners’ capacity to design, plan, manage and evaluate projects and policies to fight social exclusion and promote decent work, CIAR­IS collects information and knowledge, connects people working in the field of social inclusion and poverty reduction, and provides training and technical assistance.
  • Development Pathways, together a group of international development practitioners and consultants who aim to provide solutions to the social and economic policy challenges facing developing countries, working with development organisations and governments in developing countries.
  • Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), independent non-profit think-tank undertaking economics research, policy analysis, and capacity building for effective in-country contributions to Uganda’s policy processes.
  • Economic Policy Research Institute, independent research institute based in Cape Town, providing social protection research, capacity building courses and policy advisory services to government and civil society.
  • Institute for Social Policy and Law (ISLP), website currently under redesignAustralia- and South Africa-based institute offering research, advisory, policy, and capacity building services in the areas of social law and policy. Its articulated mission is to support the development and orientation of social protection systems and institutions in both the developing and developed world.
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in Brighton, UK, IDS is a global charity for international development research, teaching and communications, and has become a leading source of research knowledge on various development-related topics, including social protection.
  • Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN), community of practice for national social development ministries and agencies, in collaboration with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector and academia, to promote the exchange and transfer of experiences and knowledge on social protection.
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), research institute and member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food secure future, IFPRI’s work aims to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of social protection programs and policies for the poor.
  • Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI), Namibian-based research and education institute, conducting labour research, education, as well as lobbying and advocacy in the name of working people in Namibia and beyond.
  • Oxford Policy Management (OPM),, An international development consulting firm that works with organisations such as DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank, as well as with governments and NGOs, in areas such as health, education and social services. OPM has a head office in Oxford and 9 country offices including in South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria.
  • Poverty Reduction. Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet), network of researchers with an interest in issues revolving around the poverty-inequality-growth nexus in developing countries, linked to the German development policy bodies.
  • Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP), policy makers and practitioners concerned with food security, hunger and vulnerability with a special focus on the role of social protection, e.g. through information-sharing, analysis, technical support, training and research.
  • Social Protection in Asia, research, advocacy and network building with the aim to create a regional voice and develop a research base for advocating innovative and informed policy on Social Protection issues.
  • Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), independent, non-profit think tank which is committed to the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub region, and seeks to develop evidence-based solutions to address the causes and consequences of poverty. Also serves as South African Platform for Social Protection in the Africa Platform for Social Protection.
  • The Consultative Group to Assist the poor (CGAP), at the World Bank, CGAP is involved in practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to advance poor people’s access to finance, spanning development agencies, private foundations, and national governments.
  • WAHENGA, institute based in South Africa, providing a range of services to governments, development agencies, NGOs, civil society, political parties and the private sector, to foster social protection as a key instrument for poverty reduction, social and economic development.

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