The research group on Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA) hosted a national conference on “Social Protection as a pathway for inclusive development among the pastoral and agro-pastoralist communities in Africa” in Adigrat, the Afar region state of Ethiopia on 25-26 November 2017. The objective of the conference was to disseminate findings and recommendations of two-year research project on the implementation and impact of the Productive Safety Net Pr
Are the effects of antipoverty policies heterogeneous across geographical clusters? If so, do contextual factors affect these differences? This paper addresses these questions by examining the effects of a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in Brazil. While extensive research has been conducted on the evaluation of the mean impacts of CCTs on human development, research examining the heterogeneity of the effects across areas and its determinants is lacking. This is a crucial issue as CCT programs are now implemented in many countries that are large and geographically heterogeneous.
A new study led by researchers at UC Davis shows insurance can be the most effective way to increase the resilience of poor households in the face of climate change while also preventing other households from falling into poverty. In the long term, insurance also reduces the number of households that need emergency aid and stretches the aid budget further.
Around the world, developing countries are increasingly recognising the value of social transfer programmes in reducing extreme poverty, with success stories in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Saudi Arabia will begin cash transfers to low and middle income citizens this month, part of efforts to cushion the blow for families as the kingdom overhauls its oil-dependent economy. The Cabinet approved the so-called Citizen's Account program, which will be reviewed quarterly, at the same time it ratified changes to the prices of fuel and electricity, planned for the first quarter next year. The Citizen's Account is designed to offset those measures with extra cash for those who need it most.
Bolivia will seek to improve its resilience to climate events through the reduction of risks in disaster-prone areas with a $40 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The loan is expected to benefit 5,477 households in the management and sustainable use of natural capital in the most vulnerable areas of the Rocha and Alpacoma river basins, in the departments of Cochabamba and La Paz. Bolivia is one of the countries in the Andean region most vulnerable to natural disasters.
Violence, lack of humanitarian access and sky-rocketing food prices have worsened malnutrition among young children in besieged East Ghouta. Nearly 400,000 people – half of them are estimated to be children – remain trapped in the area which has been under siege since mid-2013. A recent survey of 27 locations in East Ghouta conducted in early November found that 11.9 per cent of children under five years old are acutely malnourished – the highest rate recorded in Syria since the beginning of the nearly seven-year conflict.
Nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs can improve nutrition outcomes for young children, however documentation of the extent of their effectiveness has been limited. Recent evidence from Burkina Faso published by IFPRI and Helen Keller International (HKI), demonstrated the effectiveness of HKI’s nutrition-sensitive agriculture program for decreasing child anemia, wasting and diarrhea. Although the program was effective, larger and more diverse impacts on child nutrition were needed.