Continent: 
Africa

Publication explores the impacts of Malawi's national unconditional cash transfer program targeting ultra-poor households on youth mental health. Experimental findings show that the program significantly improved mental health outcomes. Among girls in particular, the program reduces indications of depression by about 15 percentage points.

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Is Nigeria's social protection on the cusp of transformation?

Building on government systems for shock preparedness and response: The role of social assistance data and information systems

Drawing on the background paper on interlinkages between social protection, services and infrastructure (Chopra 2018), this paper provides insights into the interlinkages that might be found, or sought, in contexts that are in the midst of or recovering from violent conflict or that have fragile governance systems that undermine capacity to deliver social protection, services and infrastructure effectively, particularly in support of gender equality, equity and empowerment.

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The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa will jointly host The Second WHO Africa Health Forum on the theme : Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa: The Africa we want to see. 

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The role of Zakat in the provision of social protection

Delivering social protection to pastoral communities in Ethiopia

The trend for conducting rigorous impact evaluations of development interventions has prompted many researchers to start looking more closely at public works programmes (PWPs). This study identifies design and implementation features that contribute to programme success or failure, highlighting which PWP model is appropriate in what context and why linkages to broader graduation strategies and other interventions are important.

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Over the past 15 years, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have achieved impressive economic growth. Nevertheless poverty reduction has been slow and high growth rates have not been matched by high job growth rates. Between now and 2030, 440 million young people will be entering the SSA labour market looking for jobs, while the majority of them will likely end up in the informal economy.

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Social accountability initiatives in two local areas in Ethiopia contributed to improvements in the service delivery of a social protection programme and state-society relations. But the social accountability mechanisms benefited the most marginalised citizens less. A new report by Development Pathways for the UK's Department for International DevelopmentSocial Accountability in the Delivery of Social Protection, throws light on what mechanisms were successful in addressing recipients’ issues, and what were their limitations.

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