Managing Disaster Differently: Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi

Trials of CIAT-improved "magic beans" in Malawi, which have performed well despite the the worst drought in three decades. CGIAR, 2016
The webinar, titled Managing Disaster Differently: Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi , took place on the 15 February, 2018. It highlighted Malawi’s heightened vulnerability to seasonal and unpredictable climate-related shocks, which exacerbate its already high levels of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. The webinar drew on information compiled in a recent report, Towards Shock-Sensitive Social Protection System in Malawi , undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC), and commissioned by the Government of Malawi (GoM) with financial support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and through the German contribution to the European Union (EU) Social Protection System...Read more

This was a three-part webinar series focused on social accountability in the delivery of social protection. 'Social accountability' is a citizen-centered approach to accountability in government services and schemes.


Social accountability in social protection: Unpacking the concept

On 18th January 2018, HelpAge International and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth co-hosted the first in a three part webinar series focused on the role of social accountability in social protection . This was the first time that experts and practitioners from across the globe had been brought together to discuss this important topic. Social accountability is an approach to building accountability in which citizens are the key actors . More specifically, it refers to ‘ the extent and capacity of citizens to hold the state and service providers accountable and make them responsive to the needs of citizens and beneficiaries’ . Social accountability is important for social protection for at least three reasons: It helps ...Read more

Recording of the webinar which focused on the findings of a recently conducted assessment, Financial Sustainability and Coverage Effectiveness of the Indonesian Health Insurance System - The role of


In her first speech in her new role as the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt said that millions of pounds are lost every year because persons with disabilities in developing countries do not have the support that they need to access employment.


Cash transfers and climate change resilience in Africa

The African Development Bank is working with the Climate Investment Funds' Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in southern Mozambique (2014). Photo credit: CIF Action, Flickr
Social protection, particularly in the form of cash transfer programmes, are being implemented to mitigate poverty in Africa. Cash transfer programming involves providing cash or vouchers to beneficiaries instead of in-kind aid, such as clothes or food (CARE Programmes, 2017). Evidence shows that most cash transfer programmes have positive impacts on their beneficiaries (Asfaw et al., 2014; Daidone et al., 2015). While cash transfer programmes are designed to protect the effect of poverty on the poor, there is growing evidence that cash transfers can help in building resilience to climate change. This is achieved by increasing human capital, facilitating changes in economic activities by decreasing liquidity constraints, improving natural resource management, and building local economics...Read more



Recording of the webinar that continues the series on Shock Responsive Social Protection. Organised by the Oxford Policy Management, OPM and hosted by, this session addressed how Latin American and Caribbean countries have been improving emergency preparedness an


Cultivating a long-term social protection strategy in Nigeria

A group of young ladies in the Asokoro section of Abuja, Nigeria. Photo credit: Mark Fischer, Flickr
Improving national social protection systems is a major task for all governments. The main purpose of social protection is to reduce poverty, economic shocks and vulnerability, which in turn, helps to determine the country-specific social protection design requirements (ADB, 2003). In Nigeria, there are three tiers of government: federal, state and local. Prior to the current political dispensation, at the federal level, some forms of social protection programmes had been instituted by military and civilian governments. Past social protection interventions in Nigeria include: Family Economic Advancement Programme Better Life for Rural Women Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure National Directorate of Employment Family Support Programme Family Economic...Read more