Managing Disaster Differently: Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi

Trials of CIAT-improved "magic beans" in Malawi, which have performed well despite the the worst drought in three decades. CGIAR, 2016
The webinar, titled Managing Disaster Differently: Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi , took place on the 15 February, 2018. It highlighted Malawi’s heightened vulnerability to seasonal and unpredictable climate-related shocks, which exacerbate its already high levels of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. The webinar drew on information compiled in a recent report, Towards Shock-Sensitive Social Protection System in Malawi , undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC), and commissioned by the Government of Malawi (GoM) with financial support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and through the German contribution to the European Union (EU) Social Protection System...Read more

What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies?

Refugee camp, Rwanda (2006) Photo credit: Elisa Finocchiaro, Flickr
What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies? The webinar, titled What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies , presented the findings concerning social protection systems and crisis management in Pakistan, Mozambique, Mali, the Sahel, Philippines and Lesotho. The event took place on the 11 January 2018, and focused on themes surrounding shock responsive systems and social assistance. The webinar was hosted by socialprotection.org and organised by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CALp) and the National Institute of Psychical Health (INASP). The webinar was moderated by Sarah Bailey (Research...Read more

Climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in the Lake Chad Basin

Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin. Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr.
The Lake Chad Basin (LCB) is among the world’s biggest, located in the Sahel region of Africa (Abubakar, n.d.). It also has one of the largest sedimentary closed groundwater basins in the whole of the African continent. With its vast pasture of cultivable land and wealthy fish stocks, it is an essential area both economically and environmentally to the riparian states of Chad, Cameroon, Libya, Nigeria and Niger (GIZ, 2015b). Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin . Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr. Approximately 38 million people from diverse ethnic cultures presently live in the LCB (GIZ, 2015b). The majority of these people are from poor rural households and survive on subsistence farming (GIZ, 2015b). Recent occurrences, due to...Read more

Social protection systems can play a central role in combating both monetary and multidimensional child poverty, given their potential to contribute to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, improve children’s nutritional, health and educational status and reduce socio-economic barriers to children’s well-being.

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Poverty reduction and youth employment remain deeply intertwined in Mauritania. Mauritania’s job-related challenge is characterized by a low-growth macroeconomic context, high reliance on minerals and extractives, and marked poverty and social exclusion. With youth (15–24 year olds) comprising over 40 percent of the population as of 2014, they are particularly vulnerable to high social exclusion. The main objective of this policy note is to provide an overview of the jobs challenge in Mauritania, with a focus on constraints and opportunities facing youth over the short to long term.

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How can Social Protection Programmes Protect Women’s Right to Work?

An Egyptian business woman who applied and easily got a loan which enabled her to start two business Photo: Dana Smillie / World Bank (2011).
The webinar, titled How can Social Protection Programmes Protect Women’s Right to Work? , took place on 29 March 2018. The event was organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) . The webinar discussed the ways in which social protection can enable women to work, either by providing suitable and gender-sensitive work or by enabling working women to access transfers and payments. It discussed labour-intensive employment, cash and asset transfer programmes where the cultural and contextual meaning of gender roles and rights have enabled a more effective delivery of social protection. The webinar also addressed the question of women’s economic empowerment through social protection and engage with the importance of understanding the lives of women and men so as...Read more

The symposium is organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN- ESCWA) and the Pacific Water Research Centre of Simon Frazier University, Vancouver Canada.

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Non-contributory social protection in the MENA region through a child and equity lens

Social protection systems can play an important role in reducing both monetary and multidimensional child poverty. This blog post summarises the findings of the recently launched study, Overview of Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region Through a Child and Equity Lens by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO). Child poverty Children in developing countries are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extremely poor households. They account for half of the estimated 767 million people living in extreme poverty worldwide, even though they only represent around a third of the population ( UNICEF and World...Read more

The analysis in this report offers vital information on child poverty in the Arab States. It contributed to the first ever Arab Poverty Report – a project under the auspices of the League of Arab States, produced in close collaboration with ESCWA, OPHI and UNICEF. The Arab Poverty Report demonstrates that multidimensional poverty is a reality in the region, as it is worldwide. Both at the level of the household and at the level of the individual child, multidimensional poverty is widespread, particularly when using measures that are tailored to the reality of the region.

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Social Safety Net Project

To support (a) the provision of short-term employment opportunities in community-based labour-intensive works for poor and vulnerable people; and (b) the improvement of nutrition practices among participating households, focusing on pre-school children and pregnant/lactating women 

Legal Framework: Project agreement signed between the government and the World Bank