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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While increased attention is being paid to the role of social protection in improving human development indicators, especially among children, it is important to remember that the access to social protection is not just a matter of policies but one of rights, as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and several other international human rights instruments.

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Bringing a gender perspective into shock-responsive social protection: Part 2

Women who received a grant from UUSC for home rebuilding following a typhoon in the Philippines. Photo credit: Jeff Pearcy, 2012.
The webinar, Bringing a gender perspective into shock-responsive social protection took place on 26 July 2018. Within the broader scope of shock-responsive social protection, the webinar discussed how gender is often not well integrated into social protection programming for resilience, highlighting the importance of employing a gender lens when dealing with emergency situations. The event was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) . Reas The webinar was moderated by Elizabeth Koechlein (Policy Officer, FAO), with presentations by Rebecca Holmes (Senior Research Fellow, ODI), Maria Libertad Dometita (Gender Humanitarian Response Personnel, OXFAM), and...Read more

Farmers' Registry - A tool in support of small scale agriculture and rural poverty reduction

 Farming in Lebanon. ICARDA - Science for Resilient Livelihoods in Dry Areas, 2010
The ‘ Farmers' Registry - A tool in support of small scale agriculture and rural poverty reduction ’ webinar took place on 16 August 2018. The webinar was framed within the context of poverty reduction and the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production. The presentations aimed to discuss recent experiences of farmers’ registries, focusing on registration and the development of appropriate databases, which can better inform future policies. It highlighted the European context and a pilot programme conducted in Lebanon. The event was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) , supported by the socialprotection.org platform. The webinar was moderated by Alfredo Impiglia (Manager of the Regional Initiative on Small Scale...Read more

The dissertation consists of three essays on the relations of income inequality and government welfare effort with subjective well-being. The first essay introduces the concepts, reviews the literature linking income inequality and government welfare effort to subjective well-being, and identifies the research gaps. The paper concludes that the relationship between income inequality and subjective well-being is determined by how inequality is defined and what it signals.

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Nearly 6 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure during the lean season (June‒August). Unless urgent action is taken, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition is likely to rise from 1.1 to 1.6 million.

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