Management Information System (MIS)

Management Information System (MIS) is “a system that transforms retrieved data from a program’s database (or in some cases, different databases linked to different modules) into information that can be used for efficient and effective management. To do so, computerised MISs are based on tailored application software that allows for input, process and output of information. In social protection literature, the term MIS is mostly associated with program-level information management systems.” See...

Maternity benefits

“Maternity protection offers numerous benefits. It contributes to the health and well-being of mothers and their babies and thus to the achievement of major development goals (…) By safeguarding women’s employment and income security during and after maternity, maternity protection also promotes and achieves effective gender equality at work. (…) An increasing number of countries are also implementing measures to support both mothers’ and fathers’ care responsibilities, such as paternity,...

Means Test (Targeting Method)

“A means test is a method that aims to target all individuals/households that satisfy some objective criteria and are characterized by a level of living standards below a certain threshold according to a given indicator.” Cirillo, C., Györi, M., Veras Soares, F. (2015, forthcoming). ‘Targeting Social Protection and Agricultural Interventions – The potential for synergies’, IPC-IG Working Paper, forthcoming July 2015.


“Microfinance is the provision of a broad range of financial services such as – deposits, loans, payment services, money transfers and insurance products – to the poor and low-income households, for their microenterprises and small businesses, to enable them to raise their income levels and improve their living standards.” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (n.d.) ‘Notes on Microfinance’, BSP (accessed 16 June 2015).

Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms

“(…) monitoring and evaluation instruments serve different functions. On the one hand, monitoring tools allow an assessment of the extent to which an intervention has been evolving (tracking performance on expected results) and involve routine collection of administrative and programme-specific data on how many beneficiaries are reached and covered, how effectively the intervention is reaching them, etc. Monitoring should be a continuous process, integrated as an essential component of any...