September 2016 Newsletter
Celebrating socialprotection.org’s one-year anniversary

This month we are celebrating one year of socialprotection.org!  We would like to send a special thank you to our members for engaging with the platform and sharing their content over the past year, and to our funders—the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ), for their support.
The September Newsletter provides insight into the platform’s content trends while showcasing highlights of 2016. This year has seen impressive growth of the platform, which has amassed over 2000 publications and gathered 1400 members! socialprotection.org has enabled the creation of numerous Online Communities dedicated to a range of areas of interest, supporting knowledge sharing and capacity building in the field of social protection. We have also regularly hosted webinars with a wide range of partners, dedicated to topics at the forefront of social protection discussions.

The content featured in our databases and collaborative activities highlights the potential for social protection to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable populations. The support of policymakers, researchers and government officials is essential to ensure that no one is left behind. 
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Virtual Campus

socialprotection.org’s Learn tab has been a hive of activity, hosting 12 webinars over the past year. This month, the platform will present multiple exciting webinars:
The ISPA Tool: Assessing the Quality of Social Protection Payment Delivery Mechanisms webinar will present the Social Protection Payments Delivery Mechanism Tool that was developed as part of the Inter-Agency Social Protection Assessment (ISPA) initiative. See the full schedule here.
Wednesday 
07 September
9:00 – 10:00
(Washington DC time)

Fiscal Space for Social Protection: Harmonisation of Contributory and Non-Contributory Programmes is the second webinar in the Fiscal Space for Social Protection: Knowledge Sharing Initiative Webinar Series, organised by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and HelpAge International. See the full schedule here.
Wednesday 
08 September
9:00 – 10:00
(Washington DC time)

Join us for the second webinar of the series The Brazilian Experience of Social Protection Programmes, titled Tools for Intersectoral Coordination – How to Integrate Social Policies in Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes. The event is organized by the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (WWP). See the full schedule here.
Wednesday 
29 September
10:00 – 11:00
(Washington DC time)

Learning Tools

Over the past year, cash transfers have emerged as the type of programme most frequently addressed by our Learning Tools, while monitoring and evaluation, and programme design and implementation have featured as the most prominent topics. Disaster and crisis management; food and nutrition security; poverty; and risk and vulnerability were the most popular cross-cutting areas included in our Learning Tools database. These trends expose how social protection has the capacity to tackle the most pressing contemporary concerns in international development.
 
With this in mind, check out this video from our funders, DFAT, Leaving No One Behind - Social Protection - Ensuring Growth is Sustainable and Inclusive, which showcases the positive impacts of social protection, particularly how it supports economic growth, reduces poverty and addresses inequality. It highlights case studies from three countries in the Southeast Asia region: Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.


News

Risk and vulnerability, social inclusion, health and poverty featured as trending cross-cutting areas in social protection-related news over the past year. In this vein, see this piece of news investigating Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Protection by the Inter Press Service News Agency.
 

Online Communities

socialprotection.org’s Online Community feature allows members to create and manage private or public Communities, dedicated to a particular area of interest, for focused virtual engagement. Education, food and nutrition security, poverty and social inclusion have been the most discussed topics in the Communities that have emerged over the past year. We invite you to join a Community of your interest to participate in sharing content and connecting with experts in the field.

For those interested in the Fiscal Space for Social Protection: Knowledge Sharing Initiative Webinar Series, we invite you to join the Fiscal space for social protection: knowledge sharing initiative Online Community to access related content and stay up-to-date on the Series!


Events

The labour market, social inclusion and poverty are the topics that have been addressed the most by social protection events over the past year, as have social insurance and cash transfers, highlighting the most pressing topics of debate. The majority of events have taken place in Europe, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
The World Bank 7th Global Pension and Savings Conference, hosted by the World Bank Group, will use shared global experiences to set out a positive, forward-looking agenda for the tools, techniques, and policies to improve pension outcomes in the coming decades. The agenda will combine the insights of country, regional and global experts.

Publications Search

Our Publications Search is constantly expanding, thanks to members and partners sharing their content on the platform over the past year. Cash transfers, financing social protection, poverty, the labour market, and risk and vulnerability account for the bulk of content included in our Publications Search. You too can share your content by becoming a member of the platform and accessing the Share tab! The following publications represent some of the latest comprehensive research to emerge in 2016:
 
The International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2016 provides a global overview of recent trends and future projections in employment as well as different dimensions of job quality. A key finding is that the expansion of the world economy has been too weak to close the significant employment and social gaps that have emerged since the global crisis in 2008.
 
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) publication, Cash transfers: what does the evidence say? provides a rigorous review of the impact of cash transfers and the role of specific cash transfer design and implementation features in shaping outcomes. Cash transfers have been increasingly adopted by countries worldwide as central elements of their social protection and poverty reduction strategies. This review is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to date.
This month's featured socialprotection.org Ambassador is Maria Fernanda Villari.

She was an intern at the IPC-IG and has participated in the development of socialprotection.org since its inception! She is completing her Master’s Degree in Relations and Institutions of Asia and Africa, at the University of Naples L'Orientale.
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