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

Throughout their lives, rural women face multiple risks to their livelihoods and overall wellbeing, yet their access to affordable insurance schemes remains inadequate. This webinar, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the 


National Council of Applied Economic Research, NCAER

NCAER’s roots lie in Prime Minister Nehru’s early vision of a newly-independent India needing independent institutions as sounding boards for the government and the private sector. Remarkably for its time, NCAER was started in 1956 as a public-private partnership, both catering to and funded by the government and private industry.  NCAER’s first Governing Body included the entire Cabinet of economic Ministers and the leading lights of the private sector, including names like C. D. Deshmukh, J.R.D. Tata, John Mathai, and Asoka Mehta.


Integrating the Graduation Approach with Government Social Protection and Employment Generation Programs: Sharing experiences from Asia and Africa

Amina, a graduate of the ultra poor programme and now an entrepreneur with three small businesses. Photo credit: BRAC World, 2014.
The ‘ SPEC Webinar 8 - Integrating the Graduation Approach with Government Social Protection and Employment Generation Programs: Sharing experiences from Asia and Africa ’ took place on 27 September 2018. Graduation programmes blend together elements of social protection, livelihood promotion, financial inclusion, and social empowerment - each of which tackles separate aspects of extreme poverty. Backed by independent research and adapted in more than 40 countries, the typically two year time-bound approach has helped extreme poor households build resilience to shocks while placing them on an upward trajectory out of poverty into sustainable livelihoods. The webinar presented examples of how governments globally are integrating the graduation approach into their social...Read more

Can empathy end poverty?

The connection between Zakia and Firoza becomes instantly evident when you see them talk to each other. Firoza listens intently as Zakia speaks in a soft, empathetic tone. For Firoza, Zakia is not only a manager apa (sister) from BRAC – she is the only person who she trusts completely. Zakia meets Firoza four times a month, twice in a group with other female participants in her neighbourhood, and twice individually at her home. She supervises the growth of Feroza’s livestock, including the cow that she has received as part grant, part interest-free loan. She gives her tips on how to earn more from her assets, discusses about health and social issues and collects her savings and loan installments. Zakia has been seeing Firoza for nine months now and she already sees a difference. Firoza’s...Read more

The Week is organized by the Mexican Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Strengthening Public Financial Management for Social Protection, SPFMSP

A major goal of the Government of Bangladesh’s (GoB) National Social Security Strategy is to reform the country’s social protection system by ensuring a more effective and efficient use of resources and strengthening the delivery systems. In order to contribute to the attainment of this goal, the Finance Division of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has undertaken the Strengthening Public Financial Management for Social Protection (SPFMSP) Project. The project is assisted by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Bangladesh's TUP programme: Challenges in the design of gender sensitive social protection

The concept of graduation has gained significance in anti-poverty programming and policies, catching the attention of policy-makers and development practitioners. Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) and donor-led and governmental graduation programmes have proliferated over recent years to serve different contexts. Graduation is particularly relevant to contexts involving exceptional crisis and risk, such as post-disaster, conflict, and in refugee camps. The approach was pioneered in 2002 by the Bangladesh NGO, BRAC, with the Targeting the Ultra-poor (TUP) programme. Looking at the results of different impact evaluations from a gendered poverty knowledge framework, I argue that although BRAC’s TUP represents a comprehensive package to poverty alleviation that focuses on multiple aspects...Read more

The longstanding “cash versus food” debate has received renewed attention in both research and practice. This paper reviews key issues shaping the debate and presents new evidence from randomized and quasi-experimental evaluations that deliberately compare cash and in-kind food transfers in ten developing counties. Findings show that relative effectiveness cannot be generalized: although some differences emerge in terms of food consumption and dietary diversity, average impacts tend to depend on context, specific objectives, and their measurement.


Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

BLAST’s mission is to make the legal system accessible to the poor and the marginalized. It envisions a society based on the rule of law in which every individual, including the poor, marginalized and excluded, in particular women, children, peoples with disabilities, adivasis, and dalits, have access to justice and in which their human rights are respected and protected.

In view of the above vision and mission statement, BLAST's specific objectives are: