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: 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

ILO: coverage deficit of old age long term care provision

A new ILO working paper analyzes coverage deficits in the provision of old age long-term care in 46 countries. Due to the global demographic ageing, all countries are challenged by growing longterm care (LTC) needs for older persons. However, these needs are largely ignored and range very low on the … ———- Please continue reading

3ie: Evidence Gap Maps on Productive Safety Nets

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has developed a new interactive and dynamic online platform which allows users to explore the evidence included in a particular evidence gap map (EGM), with links to user-friendly summaries of all studies. EGMs are thematic evidence collections covering a particular issue such as … ———- Please continue reading

ILO Zambia Call for Proposals: Review of Social Protection Legislation

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is looking for a consultant to conduct a Review of Social Protection Legislation and Regulations for Coverage of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Agricultural and Construction Sectors of Zambia. In Zambia, the agricultural sector is the largest sector in terms of employment of … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Pension Patterns in SSA

A new world bank study authored by Mark Dorfman analyzes pension patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pension patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa (English) This report provides an initial stocktaking of the characteristics, environment and performance of public and private pensions and elderly assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies key challenges and … ———- Please continue reading

ILO ESS: Cross country analysis on extension of social security

A new study of the ILO ESS-Project (Extension of Social Security) published in ESS Working Paper No. 48 analyzes options to expand social investments in 187 countries. According to the study, Social Protection Expansion is affordable even to poor countries. It is often argued that social protection is not affordable … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection Systems in the EU

A report on “Social protection systems in the EU: financing arrangements and the effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation” has been published. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the set-up of social protection systems in the EU. It illustrates the heterogeneity across Member States’ social protection systems in terms of … ———- Please continue reading

Dutch MoFA Study: Three Perspectives on Social Protection

Social protection is often being seen as a tool of inclusive development but the approaches to achieve this goal are based on varied and often conflicting underlying conceptions. A new study launched by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs identifies the three main perspectives on this issue and explore their … ———- Please continue reading

EC Study on Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa Published

The European Commission has finalized a comprehensive study on Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa. The research team was led by SASPEN founding, Advisory Council and Steering Committee member Prof Marius Olivier, Director of the Institute for Social Law and Policy. Prof Olivier, Francis Andrianarison and Maria McLaughlin analyse on 144 … ———- Please continue reading