Social Cash Transfers: Changing Lives of African Families

The Mail and Guardian invites to attend the Critical Thinking Forum on Social Cash transfers: Changing lives of African Families? held at The Capital Empire in Sandton, Johannesburg on November 15th 2016. The discussion will be based on the launch of the book: From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and … ———- Please continue reading

FAO: Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economy

A comprehensive analysis by the Food and Agriculture Ogranization (FAO) deals with the impacts of Social Cash Tranfsers on the local economy in sub-Sahara Africa. The FAO research is part of the project “from Protection to Production” and is set in seven different countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Lesotho. Our LEWIE … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Infographic: Agriculture and Poverty

An FAO infographic lists the hard facts when it comes to agriculture and poverty to highlight what social protection and agriculture actually can do in order to combat poverty appropriately. Despite recent progress, still today 1 billion people are poor and around 800 million are hungry. Extreme poverty is concentrated in rural … ———- Please continue reading

FAO SOCPRO seeks a “Social Protection Policy and Programming Specialist”

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) is looking for a “Social Policy And Programming Specialist” in order to assist the the FAO’s efforts to strengthening the coherence between agriculture and social protection in Lesotho. The task for the specialist will be: Providing technical support to the National Social Protection Strategy … ———- Please continue reading

FAO ESP seeking Social Protection Consultant

The FAO’s ESP is looking for a Social Protection Consultant – Extending coverage of social protection to rural areas – who should work home-based with missions to FAO Head Quater (Rome) and selected countries. FAO and ILO are working together to promote and support the effective reach and coverage of … ———- Please continue reading

FAO SOCPRO Rome looking for Economist

The FAO Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) Rome is looking for an Economist. We are seeking an Economist to deepen and push forward the agenda on the linkages between agricultural and social protection interventions. The Economist will join a team of economists, anthropologists and policy specialists and will lead quantitative analytical work, … ———- Please continue reading

AU Conference: Financing Social Protection in Africa

On April 3, 2016 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union Commission hosted a meeting “Opportunities and challenges in financing social protection in Africa” in Addis Ababa. Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and international partners such as ILO, UNDP, ECA, UNICEF, EU, World Bank, WHO, … ———- 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

UN Lesotho: Expanding Social Protection Faster Track to Ending Hunger

The United Nations in Lesotho has highlighted the connection between social protection, hunger alleviation and food security. The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 published by FAO today finds that in poor countries, social protection schemes – such as cash transfers, school feeding and public works – offer an economical way to provide … ———- Please continue reading

FAO: Role of Rural Organizations in Social Protection

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has started a global study on good practices in harnessing the role of rural organizations in social protection. The goal is to document cases and compile an “Inventory of practices” on the current and potential role of rural organisations in social … ———- Please continue reading

2015 Conference “Sustainability of Social Protection”

SASPEN and FES hosted a two day conference on Sustainability of Social Protection in the SADC: Economic Returns, Political Will and Fiscal Space in Johannesburg, on October 20-21, 2015. 125 delegates from 28 countries (including Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United … ———- 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

FAO: Cartoon on Social Protection for Farming Families

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a 2-page cartoon on ‘Social Protection for Farming Families: a little help can make a big difference’. Find the cartoon “Bee and the Drought” here (pdf). Watch the animated cartoon here: Tweet

FAO: Dependency is Dead

The leader of the FAO PtoP team Benjamin Davis dispels the belief that transfers cause dependency as a myth. “Dependency is dead”. Read the full blog here. A commonly held view of cash transfers and other social protection programmes, in both developed and developing countries, is that they foster dependency. … ———- Please continue reading

FAO PtoP: Recent Publications

The FAO Protection to Production (PtoP) team has been researching the local impact of social protection transfers on economy and empowerment. The topic of productivity gains from social protection is one of the sub-themes of the annual SASPEN conference themed on sustainability on October 20-21. Register here. The From Protection to … ———- Please continue reading

SASPEN Workshop “Social Protection & Poverty Reduction” at ILERA World Congress 2015

September 7-11 the ILERA World Congress took place in Cape Town under the theme “The Changing World of Work: Implications for Labour and Employment Relations and Social Protection” with a full week’s programme concerning labour relations in six tracks, one of them social protection. At the Congress, SASPEN and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung … ———- Please continue reading

FAO flyer on its Social Protection Programme

Under the FAO strategic objective Nr. 3 to reduce rural poverty, the strengthening of Social Protection systems is key in the FAO support of sustainable rural poverty reduction. Find more information here (pdf, 345kb). In order to achieve the above results, FAO will work jointly with different partners: • FAO and WFP … ———- Please continue reading

2015 Hunger Report: Social Protection keeps 150m out of hunger

The FAO–IFAD–WFP report “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015. Meeting the 2015 international hunger targets: taking stock of uneven progress” emphasizes the crucial role of social protection in the fight against food insecurity. According to the FAO data, social protection keeps over 150 million people out of hunger. … ———- Please continue reading

FAO Call for good practices: the role of rural organisations in Social Protection

The FAO is calling for good practices on how to harness the role of rural organisations in Social Protection. Deadline is Friday, May 29. A concept note can be found here. The objective of this study is to build a knowledge base for policymakers and development practitioners to assess the potential … ———- Please continue reading

Malawi and Mozambique: School Feeding Programmes

A knowledge sharing workshop between Malawi and Mozambique was organized on May 12 to provide an opportunity for political and technical dialogue between the two countries with stakeholders from governments, civil society, FAO and WFP. The Mozambique and Malawi school feeding programmes are an initiative of the Brazilian government and the Food and Agriculture … ———- Please continue reading

Online discussion: Social Protection for forest-dependent people

In preparation of the side event on “Social protection for building resilience of forest dependent people” that will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban, South Africa, from the 7th to the 11th of September 2015, FAO is conducting an online discussion to gather views and experiences … ———- Please continue reading

Two Vacancies at FAO

The From Protection to Production (PtoP) project of the FAO seeks to fill two positions: an expert on qualitative research of labour impacts of cash transfer programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa (for ToR see here); and a team leader for a case study on gender and social protection (for ToR see … ———- Please continue reading