DIE: The political economy of cash transfers

An analysis of the Cash Transfer experiences of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America by the German Development Institute (DIE) explores the political economy behind designing and building these systems. This paper compares the consolidated experience of conditional cash transfers in Latin America with a variety of models of cash transfers … ———- Please continue reading

F Mestrum: Social Protection not Counter-Insurgency Policy

Dr Francine Mestrum, independent researcher from Belgium and member of the World Social Forum, picks up an argument posited by Raùl Zibechi in passing, that the new attention to social policy (including social protection) was a way of providing counter-insurgency in a neoliberal world. She writes In a remarkable essay on … ———- Please continue reading

UN Women: Discussion Paper Series

The UN Women discussion paper series is a new initiative led by the Research and Data section of UN Women, to provide grounded, fresh and robust perspectives on some of the contemporary challenges to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and offer insights into policy innovations that are making a … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection in Informal Labour Markets

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently published a report on social protection in Latin Americas highly informal labour markets, a topic that is also quite relevant in the SADC-context. The annual SASPEN conference 2013 was themed: Social Protection for those … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Zambia: How to Formalize Informal Economy for Social Protection

At the launch of the ILO, Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Workmen’s Compensation Fund Control Board joint project of extending social protection to the informal workers in the construction sector under the “Green Jobs” Programme of the United Nations and the Government of the Republic of Zambia, ILO Chief Technical Advisor for … ———- Please continue reading

CSP (IDS) Final Report “Where next for Social Protection?”

Last year the Centre for Social Protection conducted a series of activities, including a literature review, key informant interviews, an online discussion (which prominently featured SASPEN), and two forecasting workshops at IDS, all addressing the research question: ‘Where next for social protection?’ The final report has just been published and … ———- Please continue reading