Harvesting Child Nutritional Gains through the Graduation Approach: Results from a Randomized Control Trial on BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) Program

This week’s webinar, titled Harvesting Child Nutritional Gains through the Graduation Approach: results from Randomized Control Trial on BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP) Program , debated the implications of the TUP graduation programme, developed by BRAC. The event was hosted by socialprotection.org and organised by the Social Protection for Employment – Community (SPEC) , in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and BRAC. Lisa Hannigan (Director for Poverty and Social Transfers Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia) moderated the discussions, while Nazia Moqueet (Technical Specialist, BRAC USA) and Wameq A....Read more

Sustainable economic growth: Integrating environmental and social protection

Economic development projects are often pursued for the generation of income, employment, and the improvement of living standards. When pursued at the expense of social and environmental interests and sustainability, it raises the question of what kind of development is taking place and for who the state is pursuing such policies. This blog highlights environmental protection in the context of the neoliberal economic development framework in India. Social protection policies and programmes have the potential to offer an approach that reconciles environmental and social interests with economic development. Environmental protection versus economic growth The development-environment debate is the outcome of different value systems by which the environment has been...Read more

Organized by IFPRI’s Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSPS), this workshop aims to bring together key stakeholders to discuss and debate critical issues related to poverty, hunger, and malnutrition that Bangladesh faces. Technical presentations will center on achieving sustainability in food production, consumption, and nutrition, and building resilience to climate and other shocks, with the aim of identifying knowledge gaps and opportunities for accelerating progress to end hunger and undernutrition in Bangladesh.

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Many programs at both the national and regional levels aim to improve the livelihoods of the world’s poorest. Governments, researchers, donor agencies, and NGOs have turned to field experiments as an exciting tool to evaluate existing programs and answer key questions in development economics.

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This document offers a rationale for scaling up effective nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions to reduce the global burden of child and maternal malnutrition in Asia – South and South-East Asia in particular. Its purpose is to inform practitioners from both fields during the design and implementation of SP programmes by using a nutrition lens. The document reflects on current issues, such as innovations and challenges for future programmes and practical implications for existing programmes in Asia.

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Lowy Institute

The Lowy Institute is an Australian think tank with a global outlook. Our research interests are as broad as Australia’s interests, and we host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts.

As an Australian think tank, Asia touches everything the Lowy Institute does. Our research and events calendar have a special Asia focus, and our experts produce commentary for the world’s leading news outlets on events in the region.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change.  PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change.

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Community driven development in Bangladesh: post-harvest storage for improved livelihoods

In much of the developing world, agricultural production is the main source of income for households in rural areas. These areas are also home to high poverty rates and low access to basic services. Many rural farmers do not have access to the use of cold storage facilities or warehouses to store their produce throughout the seasons. Consequently, a large portion of their produce is spoiled or they are forced to sell it below the cost of production. This substantially undercuts their income generating potential. In light of these constraints, and the potential impact improved farming methods could have on poverty, post-harvest storage solutions should serve as a key component of food security oriented social protection initiatives in rural areas. Local community driven initiatives can...Read more

As a response to the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April and May 2015, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) developed and implemented a large-scale Emergency Cash Transfer Programme (ECTP), in collaboration with the Government of Nepal (GoN). UNICEF provided financial and technical support to the GoN to expand the existing social assistance cash transfer programme in earthquake-affected areas in two phases. UNICEF’s financial support to the GoN for both phases of the cash programme amounted to $26 million.

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Increasing numbers of development agencies and individual projects espouse objectives of women’s empowerment, yet there has been little systematic work on mechanisms by which interventions can enhance women’s empowerment. This gap exists because of the lack of consensus on indicators as well as the lack of attention paid to measuring the effects of different types of interventions on empowerment.

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