Call for Proposals – Putting children first: Identifying solutions and taking action to tackle poverty and inequality in Africa – 23 – 25 October 2017

The Ethiopian Centre for Child Research, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative and the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, including African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), Save the Children, UNICEF and Young Lives are hosting a three-day international conference with the aim of engaging policy makers, practitioners … ———- Please continue reading

SPIREWORK Expert Meeting 12-14th December, 2016

The Social Protection Plan for the Informal and Rural Economy Workers  (SPIREWORK) expert meeting was held from 12th – 14th December 2016 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The objective of the meeting was to share findings of the study conducted on the role of cooperatives in providing social protection to rural workers. The workshop … ———- Please continue reading

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

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

CfP: Comprehensive Social Protection – Annual SASPEN Conference

Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 – Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC International Conference 18-19 October 2016 SASPEN (Southern African Social Protection Experts Network) and FES (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) will be hosting a two day international conference on “Comprehensive Social Protection in the SADC” in Johannesburg, on 18 and 19 October 2016. … ———- Please continue reading

Workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies

On March 8-9 2016, The University of Johannesburg hosted an international workshop on Indigenous Social Security Systems and Government Policies: Perspectives from Southern and West Africa. Download the concept note here and the workshop programme here. Nonetheless, even though there are many scholars, governments and other actors advocating for more social … ———- Please continue reading

PASGR research, scholarship and training opportunities

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya, that seeks to increase the capacity of African academic institutions and researchers to produce research that can inform social policy and governance. It seeks to do this through a research programme on social … ———- Please continue reading

UNRISD: Delivering Social Protection Systems

Francesca Bastagli, Head of Social Protection at Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics (LSE), has pubslished an article on Delivering Social Protection Systems. Bastagli focuses on the links between social protection and taxation … ———- Please continue reading

UNU-WIDER: Paper on Poverty Reduction and Social Development

The UNU-WIDER (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research) has published a working paper on ‘Needs vs Expediency – Poverty Reduction and Social Development in Post-Conflict Countries’. Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can … ———- Please continue reading

IDS: Reducing Child Poverty

A recent Institute of Development Studies (IDS) study on child poverty in Ethiopia and Vietnam explores the extent to which living in an income-poor household also means that a child experiences poor child wellbeing and vice versa. Current practice is still biased towards measuring static and single dimensions of child poverty, primarily using … ———- Please continue reading

UNRISD Classics on Social Policy

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has launched a new publication series: UNRISD Classics, with three volumes on (1) Social Policy and Inclusive Development, (2) Gendered Dimensions of Development and (3) Revisiting Sustainable Development. The publications bring together 50 selected essays from 50 years of UNRISD research. For more detailed … ———- Please continue reading

Report of 2014 PASGR-IDS Social Protection Conference Nairobi

The report of the 2014 1st Biennial Social Protection Conference organized in Nairobi by PASGR and the IDS has been published. You can access the report here. In related news, PASGR has been building up a social protection research-policy community in Kenya. PASGR, in collaboration with Knowledge Platform on Inclusive … ———- Please continue reading

ESID Research on the Political Economy of Social Protection

With the proliferation of new social protection programmes and frameworks throughout the world, we also see more and more research on the political economy and politics of social protection. There is the ongoing research at the Centre for Social Research at the University of Cape Town, interest of the United … ———- 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