This month, socialprotection.org reached the 1000 member mark! Thank you to our members, from over 100 countries, affiliated to more than 100 institutions, for their support.
The June 2016 socialprotection.org newsletter is dedicated to the theme, Agriculture and Social Protection. The link between agriculture and social protection has arisen out of the present day reality of the world’s 800 million food-insecure and 1 billion poor people being largely concentrated in rural areas. The rural poor rely predominantly on agriculture for their livelihoods, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, the intersection between agriculture and social protection is a crucial area in the fight against poverty and hunger.
FAO’s Empowering rural women through social protection demonstrates how social protection has great potential for promoting women’s economic empowerment and reducing gender inequalities. Even so, cash transfer schemes require complementary services to ensure that women beneficiaries maintain control over their own incomes and household decision-making. A further paper by FAO, Social Protection for Rural Poverty Reduction, illustrates how social protection can contribute to food security and rural development.
The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth’s (IPC-IG) One Pager, Social protection through work in lower-income countries: an assessment framework explores how workers in many rural areas of lower-income countries are affected by covariate recurrent or chronic states. Designing and implementing Productive Safety Nets and Employment Guarantee Schemes to operate on large scales in these contexts is very challenging, requiring a full assessment of the costs and benefits of each approach.
The International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) publication, Gender, Assets, and Agricultural Development: Lessons from Eight Projects provides guidance for agricultural development programmes on how to incorporate gender and assets in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. The findings of the research suggest that such a focus could improve outcomes for women in future projects.
socialprotection.org is now hosting the Evaluating National Integrated Cash Transfer Programs private Online Community. The objective of this Online Community is to follow-up on discussions held during the fifth Transfer Project Research Workshop, hosted by UNICEF Ethiopia and FAO Ethiopia in April 2016. The aim is to learn about the impact and operation of cash transfer and ‘cash+’ programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as other regions of the world.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and FAO’s Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa) Coordination Unit, are seeking qualified consultants for an upcoming joint Decentralised evaluation of the PAA Africa Programme in the Mangochi and Phalombe Districts of Malawi and Senegal. Find out more details by scrolling through our Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers Discussion Forum! You can also share your opportunities among a network dedicated to social protection.
We invite you to participate in this one-minute Gender-Sensitive Social Protection Survey! Your input will ensure that the Gender and Social Protection Webinar Series features content you are interested in.
On 23 June, 10:00 - 11:30 (BRT), the second webinar of the joint IPC-IG and FAO Gender and Social Protection Webinar Series will take place, titled Social protection and the empowerment of rural women in Africa. The webinar will introduce the topic and explore the particularities of social protection interventions targeted at rural women in the sub-Saharan African context.
By drawing on concrete country experiences, the Framework presents the benefits of bringing together agriculture and social protection and identifies options for doing this at policy and programming levels. The Diagnostic Tool assists users in identifying existing linkages between agriculture and social protection interventions in a given country, as well as how to strengthen them.