Social Protection Newsletter - July 2017

Welcome to the anniversary edition of socialprotection.org’s newsletter!

sp.org This month we are celebrating the two-year anniversary of socialprotection.org! We are pleased to share the collaborative progress achieved by the platform’s team, its stakeholders, members and funders.

Since its launch on 12 September 2015, socialprotection.org has brought together more than 2,400 members, and supported access to over 2,900 publications. It has also organised 42 webinars and hosted 31 active online communities.

Over the past 12 months we have enjoyed considerable growth in our social media outreach: our Facebook followers increased from 692 to 2,251, and our Twitter followers increased from 648 to 1275!

In this celebration newsletter, we are excited to share new features and updates to the platform. This includes the new Virtual Campus, which now hosts self-paced and instructor-led e-courses, the Blog, the notifications system, and updated Programme and Stakeholder pages.

We hope you enjoy reading!

 

Thank You!

Over the past two years, socialprotection.org has enjoyed impressive growth. This would not have been possible without the engagement of our members and stakeholders to whom we express our heartfelt thanks. The development of socialprotection.org has been achieved thanks to the support of our funders: the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), to whom we extend our sincere gratitude. We also acknowledge the support of the United Nations Development Working Group of the G20 and the Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B), as well as the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), for developing and hosting the platform.

 

Publications
Over the past year, these were the most accessed publications on socialprotection.org:

Report_IRC
Published by UNICEF, FAO, Save the Children, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Transfer Project, this publication presents a detailed overview of the impact evaluations of these programmes in the region, carried out by the Transfer Project and FAO’s From Protection to Production project.
 
IFAD
Published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this research paper discusses the interactions between social protection, rural transformation and inclusiveness. Based on country-level evidence, it analyses how different types of social protection interventions affect rural livelihoods, help rural transformation, and influence inclusiveness.



Blog
Our most read blog posts from the past year are:

Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) Programme in Uganda, by Ms. Nekesa Winny Akullo, Senior Library and Clients Support Officer, at Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

The Human Right to Adequate Food: Brazil’s rights-based development approach, by Ms. Iris Dias, socialprotection.org Ambassador.

Virtual Campus
In our anniversary month, we will present two webinars, continuing the ISPA Tool Webinar Series. We invite you to register for both events!


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Thursday
21 September
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Speaking of webinars, our most watched webinar on YouTube from the past year, with almost 600 views was, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Philippines: Linking Cash Transfer to Sustainable Livelihood Development, organised by DFAT and GIZ. We invite you to read the blog post summary of the session, where you can also watch the recording.

Events
Check out the highlighted event of the month!


28-29 September 
Brussels, Belgium

More details here

Organised by UNICEF in collaboration with partners, the event will address two themes: Effective social protection in fragile contexts; and the needs of forcibly displaced populations and host communities, and the role of social protection.

We are also pleased to announce that socialprotection.org will livestream the event ! Join us for eight live sessions online, on 28 and 29 September, from 9:30 to 17:30 (GMT+1).

Discussion Forum
New job opportunities are a click away!

The OECD has launched a call for proposals for the OECD Future of Work Fellowship Scheme (deadline: 30 September 2017). UNICEF is looking for a Programme and Planning Specialist in New York City (deadline: 31 December 2017).

We are also glad to share the training course TRANSFORM Leadership and Transformation Learning Package on Building and Managing Social Protection Floors in Africa: Training of Trainers (ToT), which will be held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 16 to 27 October 2017. Complete the application form and send it, together with an updated CV to: transform_socialprotection@ilo.org (deadline: 17 September 2017).

Check out more vacancies on socialprotection.org's Job Opportunities and Calls for Papers page. Likewise, we invite you to share job opportunities and calls for papers in the field of social protection with the platform's specialised community.

Ambassadors Programme

As socialprotection.org celebrates its second anniversary, we are proud to announce the launch of the fourth phase of the Ambassadors Programme! From a total of 106 applicants, 37 volunteers from 22 countries all over the world have been selected.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all 96 of socialprotection.org's Ambassadors, representing 44 countries, who have participated in the Programme since its launch in 2015. Thank you!