Booklet: Social Protection in Africa. Overview for policy-makers

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) in association with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have published a Booklet on Social Protection targeted at Policy makers. The Booklet was launched at the 12th Annual Meeting of African Academies of Science (AMASA), in Johannesburg in November 2016. … ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka SP Colloquium: Exploring the linkages: Strengthening coordination between Social Protection and Agriculture

Tweet On January 17, 2017, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the the first 2017 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Exploring the linkages: Strenghening coordination between Socail Protection and Agriculture” Welcome Remarks were given by Mr. Patrick K. Nshindano (PSP Zambia Board … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN brief: 8 new Briefs on Sustainability of Social Protection

In SASPEN briefs 1/2016 to 8/2016, eight presenters from the 2015 annual SASPEN Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space” explore different facets of social protection and country case studies. Victoire Umuhire and Christoph Ernst of the International Labour Organisation discuss the … ———- Please continue reading

Effective Cash Transfers Improve Child Wellbeing – Family for Every Child

A recent report by Family For Every Child argues that the design of Cash Transfer Programmes is a key determinant to improving children’s wellbeing in poor families. Their infographic below synthesizes their key findings: http://www.familyforeverychild.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Synthesis_Cash4Care_Infographic.png Find the full report here Tweet

IPC-IG: Scaling up Cash Transfer Programmes

A new policy brief (pdf, 176 KB) “Scaling up cash transfer programmes: Good practices and lessons learned from Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia” published by IPC-IG underlines the importance of monitoring and evaluating cash transfer programmes. Social cash transfer programmes are important and promising initiatives in the promotion of sustainable development and … ———- Please continue reading

Linkages Social Protection & Children’s Care

“Family for every Child” in conjunction with IDS, CSP and CINDI has published a research report regarding linkages of Child Support Grant (CSG) and Foster Child Grant (FCG) and children’s care in South Africa. Key findings of the report include the positive role the grants play in improving child well-being and care, but … ———- Please continue reading

Webinar: Linkages Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Long-term Social Safety Nets

A webinar themed “A Framework and Practical Guidance on Linking Humanitarian Cash Transfer with Long-Term Social Safety Nets” and organized by the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and the Oxfort Policy Management (OPM) hosted by socialprotection.org on May 12, 2016 at 9 – 10.30 (EST) will addresses following topics: 1. The need for … ———- Please continue reading

Transfer Project Workshop 2016

From April 6-8, 2016 the Transfer Project organized an international workshop for policy-makers, researchers and UN experts, national governments, research institutions and international organizations to discuss and promote the subject of government cash transfers in Africa and beyond. The 2016 workshop entered a new frontier for the Transfer Project, with the … ———- Please continue reading

IPC-IG: New “One Pagers” on Social Protection

Four new One Pagers” of the The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) deal with Social Protection. The first one is about the Grievance Mechanism (GM). The paper provides an insight into the topic and gives an overview about the stumbling blocks but also about the best practice. GM’s are … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Diagnostic Tool: Agriculture and Social Protection Coherence

A new FAO disagnostic tool “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection to Combat Poverty and Hunger in Africa” addresses the fundamental connection between social protection and people who depend on agriculture. It assists in identifying ways to strengthen the connection, as agriculture depending people are particularly exposed to the risk of poverty and food-insecurity. Agriculture and social … ———- Please continue reading

OpEd: X-Raying Nigeria’s new SP Programme

What is in store in Nigeria’s President Buhari’s Social Protection Programmes SPP, asks Murtala Adogi Mohammed, State Team Leader STL at RANA – NICEF/FHI360/AHNI, in his OpEd, “Poverty, Politics and Policy – X-Raying President Buhari’s Social Protection Programmes SPP”. In Nigeria – Office of the Vice President would be coordinating the following … ———- Please continue reading

UNICEF: Measuring Impact of Social Protection and Nutrition

UNICEF research working paper 2015-17 “Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: What We Know and What We Need to Know” scrutinizes the impact of cash transfer programmes on child nutrition. The authors, Richard de Groot; Tia Palermo; Sudhanshu Handa; Amber Peterman; Luigi Peter Ragno, aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the impacts … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Paper on Cash and Voucher Transfers in the DRC

The World Bank  has recently published a Policy Research Working Paper on “Comparing Cash and Voucher Transfers in a Humanitarian Context. Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo”, written by Jenny C. Aker. Despite recent calls in support of cash transfers, there is little rigorous evidence of the relative impacts … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Blog: Social Cash Transfers for Women

With Brazil and Mexico having introduced the notion that social cash transfers should explicitly target women, a model of social protection that has since been emulated in several countries, Ana Paula de la O Campos, Gender Policy Officer for FAO’s Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division, analyzes the rationale behind … ———- Please continue reading

ESID: Politics of Social Protection in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya

The Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) project has presented 4 case studies on the “political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions” in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection … ———- Please continue reading

Development Pathways: New Publications

Development Pathways has shared several new publications: ‘Establishing Comprehensive National Old Age Pension Systems’. This paper describes and explains the policy options available to developing countries committed to offering universal pension coverage and maximising the incomes of older people. Read the full abstract here or find the publication here, pdf. … ———- Please continue reading

IPC-IG: The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies

The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) of the UNDP has published a video with Prof Ravallion on the economic returns of cash transfers. Can social protection policies promote economic growth? This is one of the questions our latest Policy in Focus, “The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local … ———- Please continue reading

Zambia Rollout of Social Cash Transfers

The International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth of the UNDP (IPC-IG) has published a one-pager on Social Cash Transfer Scale-up for Zambia (78kb) authored by Mr Stanfield Michelo, Director for Social Welfare in the Zambian Ministry for Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH), in which the scale-up from a 159-household pilot … ———- Please continue reading

Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium: Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation

On June 25, 2015, SASPEN, the Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) hosted the 1st 2015 Lusaka Social Protection Colloquium themed “Progressive Social Policy and its Implementation” with presentations by Former Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, Prof Herta Däubler-Gmelin and former Second Lady of Zambia, Dr Charlotte Harland … ———- Please continue reading

Malawi Irish Ambassador Hails Cash Transfer Scheme

Irish Ambassador to Malawi Aine Hearns has commended the social cash transfer program being implemented in the country as important tool for improving the lives of vulnerable households. “Social Cash Transfer is money trickling down into the pockets of the most needy people in society and the programme is tackling … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Cash Transfers not spent on Temptation Goods

A new World Bank Working Paper has been published with a database of studies which examine the relationship between ccash transfers and temptation goods such as alcohol and tobacco. Evans, David K., and Anna Popova. “Cash Transfers and Temptation Goods: A Review of Global Evidence,” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 6886, 2014 … ———- Please continue reading

Policy Paper: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies

The annual SASPEN conference in October focuses on the economy of social protection, sustainability, economic returns and productivity gains. A topic of increasing attention in the Social Protection Debate. Stephanie Levy of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC) authored a policy paper on the Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies. … ———- Please continue reading

Malawi Social Cash Transfer

The Nation (Malawi) features the Malawi Social Cash Transfer today. Director of social cash transfer scheme in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Esmie Kainja, has hailed the role the scheme has played in improving livelihoods of rural communities in the country. Kainja said the programme has played … ———- Please continue reading

Michael Samson: Social protection a force for development

In a recent interview following the National Dialogue on Social Protection organized by the Uganda National NGO Forum, Prof Michael Samson stressed the importance of cash transfers to enable vulnerable individuals to meet basic needs. Dr Samson, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) in Cape Town, … ———- Please continue reading

PSP Zambia Call for Proposals – Grievance Mechanism Consultancy

The Platform for Social Protection Zambia (PSPZ) is calling for proposals for a consultancy to develop a manual for its upcoming UNICEF-funded independent grievance mechanism for the Zambian Social Cash Transfer Scheme. Please see the Terms of Reference here (pdf, 48kb). PSPZ introduces into the project: The Platform for Social … ———- Please continue reading

New publications: Transfer Project UNC

The Transfer Project of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has published a series of new research briefs and working papers: The broad range of cash transfer impacts in sub-Saharan Africa: Consumption, Human Capital and Productive Activity (Transfer Project Research Brief, November 2014) The Impact of Social Cash … ———- Please continue reading

Are cash transfers taxing the state? – New Blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Are cash transfers taxing the state or should the state be taxing transfers? Sophie Plagerson discusses the implications of the separation between tax-payers and grant-recipients prevalent in much of Southern Africa. Asking “How can social policy avoid the perceived and … ———- Please continue reading

Webstream of FAO PtoP event: Linking Agriculture and Social Protection

This Friday the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) hosts a one-day event on the links between social protection and agriculture. The event is part of the FAO project From Protection to Production (PtoP) which studies the productive effects of cash transfers in order to strengthen coordination between social protection, agriculture … ———- Please continue reading

PSC-PS launches Report on Community Independent Monitoring

The Plataforma da Sociedade Civil Moçambicana para a Protecção Social PSC-PS (Mozambican Platform of Civil Society for Social Protection) and its members in conjunction with INAS are implementing a system of Community Independent Monitoring (MCI) at central and provincial levels. This system aims to give voice to the beneficiaries so … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Project ‘From Protection to Production’ on Southern African Cash Transfers

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is running a multi-country impact evaluation of cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa. The From Protection to Production (PtoP) programme is, jointly with UNICEF, exploring the linkages and strengthening coordination between social protection, agriculture and rural development. PtoP is funded principally by … ———- Please continue reading

Cash Atlas: Mapa Interactivo de Transferências Mundiais de Dinheiro

A Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) desenvolveu o Cash Atlas com o objectivo de disponibilizar uma visão geral dos programas de transferência de rend usado em todo o mundo. Destina-se a permitir que os agentes humanitários entendam como, quando, onde, em que escala e com que finalidade programas de transferência de renda estão sendo … ———- Please continue reading

CSDA publishes new volume on SP in Southern Africa

The Centre for Social Development Africa at the University of Johannesburg has published a previous special issue of “Development Southern Africa” as edited volume on social protection opportunities for social development in southern Africa: Social Protection in Southern Africa New Opportunities for Social Development Edited by Leila Patel, James Midgley, … ———- Please continue reading