December 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to the new edition of socialprotection.org’s newsletter!
 
We dedicate this month’s newsletter to the International Volunteer Day, celebrated on 5 December, as a token of appreciation for the commitment and passionate work of volunteers worldwide, and, in particular, those who have helped us promote the socialprotection.org platform. Our deepest gratitude goes to all of socialprotection.org's Ambassadors, research and social media volunteers, and interns (photo).
 
Strengthening this bond with volunteers, we have just launched the 2017 Ambassador Programme. We invite individuals from all around the world to join us and participate in interesting activities to promote and disseminate socialprotection.org!

As usual, this month we also bring you interesting content on issues related to social protection. New publications shared by the members of the platform address topics such as the Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Plan, the cost of civil service pensions in sub-Saharan Africa, cash transfers and humanitarian aid. 

We also have new features on the platform to introduce.

Enjoy your reading!
Ambassador Programme

Are you ready for the 2017 selection of the new Ambassador Programme?
 
It is an online volunteer programme, operated via the United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) website. Selected ambassadors will participate providing content, knowledge exchange, networking and promotion for the socialprotection.org platform. Ambassadors will also have their profile featured on the platform. Become one of our Ambassadors! Learn more on how to apply here.
 
This month as part of the ‘Meet our Ambassadors” campaign, we are glad to present you Ms. Manon Cress, from the Netherlands. Moreover, every Friday our followers on Facebook and Twitter have the chance to meet one of socialprotection.org’s Ambassadors. Follow us on social media and check it!
 

In the same vein, we would also like to highlight the work of our UNV Antony Bickenson, who produced the infographics “Inequality and Redistribution: Taxes and Transfers” and “Harmonization of Contributory and Non-Contributory Programmes” to promote the Fiscal space for social protection: knowledge sharing initiative.
 
Antony is a creative designer, illustrator and editor with a strong desire to bring about positive change through his work. With a background in science and publishing, he brings a technical mind and keen eye to every project. He enjoys developing simple design solutions to complex ideas, particularly in an educational context, and is always looking to learn something new. As a traveller fascinated by different places, cultures and ideas, he is eager to help build a more positive, inclusive and supportive global community.
Thank you, Antony!
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Publications 
 
Cash transfers and humanitarian aid
Our Ambassador Ms. Lucia Conti shared the report “Doing cash differently: how cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid”, published by the Overseas Development Institute. This report, written by the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, identifies 12 crucial steps to scaling up cash transfer programmes, including capitalising on digital technology and private sector expertise and opening up programmes to greater competition.
 
Civil service pension costs in sub-Saharan Africa
Ms. Ngoc-Dung Tran, who works with the World Bank Group (WBG), shared the study titled “Issues for Civil Service Pension Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The paper discusses the benefits and potential downsides to unifying civil service and national pension systems, drawing on regional and international best practices and experience.

Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Plan
Our colleagues from the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP) shared the paper "Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Plan Series no. 11: Monitoring", which assesses the three levels of monitoring involved in the Plan: monitoring macro results, monitoring the results of actions and monitoring family trajectories.
 

Online Communities

Still on the subject of social protection in Brazil, we invite you to join the Online Community “The Brazilian experience of social protection programmes”, where the three webinars already organised this year under the eponymous webinar series are available. In case you missed these webinars, you can read the summaries we have prepared and watch the recordings.

And remember to check out here publications recently uploaded to the platform by WWP.

In the beginning of 2017, the fourth webinar of the series will be organised. Stay tuned!


Discussion Forum
 
Looking for a great new opportunity?  In the Discussion Forum area, under the Connect tab, we have recently launched a forum titled "Institutions and Networking" where you can explore job opportunities and calls for papers announced by our partners.  

In addition, you can post job opportunities and calls for papers in the field of social protection, to share with our specialised community!
 

Virtual Campus
 
Missed a Webinar? Recently, socialprotection.org hosted its first webinar in French: Protection sociale et renforcement de l’agriculture familiale (“Social Protection and Strengthening Family Farming”), If you missed it, you can view the presentation, listen to the session recording and read the summary.

Likewise, you can view the presentation and listen to the session recording of the webinar Protección social y la inclusión financiera de las mujeres en la agricultura familiar (“Social protection and the financial inclusion of women in family farming”), held in Spanish. This was the fourth webinar of the Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Webinar Series, jointly organised by the IPC-IG and FAO.
 
News
 
Rwanda: Maternity leave benefits for working mothers
Rwanda has put into effect a new social security protection mechanism ensuring maternity leave benefits to working mothers, who can now stay home with their newborn babies for up to 12 weeks without fear of losing their full pay. The scheme is part of the government's commitment towards empowering Rwandan women to physically recover and give newborns the best start in life. It also aims at preventing maternity leave from becoming a barrier to women's contribution to national development. Read the full article published on the AllAFrica.com website here.

Bangladesh: Social protection to cover every person with disability
The government of Bangladesh is making a plan to bring all persons with disabilities from children to old-age citizens under a social protection programme, which should provide its beneficiaries with financial support and health and education facilities. As part of the government’s plan, 103 service centers have been established for supporting disabled persons around the country. Click here to access the full article.
 
New features

Finally, we would like to present you new features of the platform that are already available. The priorities of socialprotection.org evolve according to the needs of its members and stakeholders.
Therefore, we are glad to announce that you can now use either your e-mail or username to log in on the platform. Also, take a moment to check out the improved, user-friendly design that simplifies the search for social protection programme profiles.

Coming soon: socialprotection.org will have its own notifications and learning management systems. Stay tuned!
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