Adapting the Graduation Approach for People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Challenges

Fonkoze, Trickle Up, CGAP and PPAF will be hosting a webinar titled “Adapting the Graduation Approach for People with Disabilities” on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00-10:30 am EST. The webinar will discuss Graduation adaptations for people with disabilities. Trickle Up, Fonkoze and PPAF have significant experience implementing Graduation programs … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”

The World Bank Africa Poverty Report 2016 “Poverty in Rising Africa”, shows a decline of poverty rates but an increase of extreme poverty in absolute numbers in Africa. Poverty across the continent may be lower than what current estimates suggest, though the number of people living in extreme poverty has … ———- 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

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

World Bank Blog: Less Poverty in African Female Headed Households

On the World Bank’s ‘Let’s talk Development’-Blog Dominique van de Walle, Lead Economist in the World Bank‘s Gender and Development Group, scrutinizes the fact that poverty is falling faster in Africa’s female headed households and concludes that between economic opportunities and social protection the positive trend has not yet been properly explained: Perhaps poor … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Pension Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa

The World Bank has launched a working paper on Pension Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report provides a initial stocktaking on topics like the characteristics, the environment and the performance of public and private pension systems. It further gives an overview about the challenges pension systems are facing and offers tools for solving challenges. Two major challenges noted … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Universal Access to Social Protection

In January, the World Bank Group together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced a mission and a plan of action towards universal access to social protection. Dr. Arup Banerji, the World Bank’s Senior Director for Social Protection and Labor, comments on the announcement and shares his thoughts on how universal … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Commission on Global Poverty

The Launch of the World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty was announced in June 2015. Its goal is to report on the best ways to measure and monitor poverty around the world and help the World Bank Group achieve its twin goals and also track other forms of poverty and deprivation. … ———- Please continue reading

BRICS: Global Social Protection Forum for Food Security and Nutrition

The BRICS Global Forum on the Implementation of Social Protection Programmes for Food Security and Nutrition: Towards Partnership for Development took place on 10-11 September 2015 in Moscow. Participants came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Cabo Verde, Congo, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Syria, Tanzania, the Philippines and Ethiopia. The event … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Safety Nets in Urban Areas

Ugo Gentilini, who worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently submitted a blog post about safety nets in urban areas at World Bank Blogs on the subject of Social Protection. Cities are magnets of opportunity: they offer better standards of living than rural areas, and will soon house 75% of the global economy. But when … ———- 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

Oxfam: World Bank Rollback in Environmental and Social Protection

The World Bank has released new draft safeguard policies that will – according to Nadia Daar from Oxfam International – vastly weaken protections for affected communities and the environment at the same time as the bank intends to finance more high-risk projects. Despite the World Bank’s widely-publicized commitment to ‘turn … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Social Safety Nets and Gender Report

The World Bank 2014 report on Safety Nets and Gender can be downloaded here (pdf, 5.8mb) The analysis of impact evaluation evidence reviewed in this report identifies opportunities for improving gender integration in the Bank’s portfolio in the spirit of the SPL strategy. Each individual impact evaluation may not be relevant for specific projects … ———- Please continue reading

“Strange Bedfellows”: Stephen Devereux on ILO-World Bank Initiative

Stephen Devereux of the Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, examines the new ILO-World Bank Initiative on Social Protection. The two agencies called on world leaders to promote universal social protection, which they define as “adequate cash transfers for all who need them, … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: The State of Social Safety Nets 2015

The World Bank has published its 2015 report on the current state of social safety nets. Over the last decade, a policy revolution has been underway in the developing and emerging world. Country after country is systematically providing non-contributory transfers to poor and vulnerable people, in order to protect them against economic shocks … ———- Please continue reading

World Bank: Subsidy Removal Requires Income Transfers

A recent World Bank working paper analyzes the impacts on poverty of removing fuel import subsidies in Nigeria. Argue the authors, while subsidy removals may free resources, the disproportional burden on poor households needs to be alleviated with income transfers: The petroleum sector contributes substantially to the Nigerian economy; however, the potential … ———- Please continue reading

ILO & World Bank: Launch of Universal Social Protection Initiative

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have published a joint statement on the launch of the World Bank  and ILO Universal Social Protection Initiative, calling the attention of world leaders to the importance of universal social protection policies and financing. You can find the joint … ———- 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

“Social Protection monies are not handouts but investments in people” – World Bank

“Social Protection monies are not handouts but investments in people” World Bank Senior Director for Social Protection, Arup Banerji, has cautioned that monies distributed to poor people from the Social Safety Net (SSN) project are not handouts but investments. Today over 130 developing countries across the world have made safety … ———- Please continue reading

Comparing Apples with Oranges – New blog entry on SASPEN INSIGHTS!

A new SASPEN INSIGHTS Blog is out! In ‘Comparing oranges with apples’, Marianne Ulriksen (University of Johannesburg), discusses the World Bank’s 2014 report ‘Poverty and Investing in People: The New Role of Safety Nets in Africa”. She cautions about its data basis and comparisons, for data can only be useful … ———- Please continue reading