In recent years, social protection has emerged worldwide as a major new focus in efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability. Since the early 2000s, conditional and unconditional cash transfer programmes have gained significance as key elements of social safety nets throughout Africa. The UN-supported Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I) has helped place social protection as a key component of national poverty and inequality reduction strategies, supporting the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and influencing the discussion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. In this context, Brazil is a long-term supporter of the SPF-I and has contributed its own recent poverty and inequality reduction experiences to the Initiative’s pool of best practices. The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global forum for South-South dialogue on innovative development policies, with the mission of promoting policy dialogue and facilitating learning around social policies among developing countries. The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has contracted the IPC-IG to carry out the implementation of outcomes 1 and 2 of the project: “Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation”. Notably, outcome 1 is titled “Increased and improved knowledge-sharing and learning in African Low Income Countries (LICs) on the design and implementation of social development/ social protection programmes inspired by relevant Brazilian public policies, experiences and practices, contributing to the overarching goal of poverty eradication”. It focuses on producing knowledge related to social protection and gender issues, aimed at Brazilian and African policymakers and practitioners, and on promoting the sharing of knowledge among them. In this sense 31 publications were produced and 27 of them have been shared in the platform and are accessible here. The Outcome 2 is titled “Improved monitoring and evaluation of social policies in Mozambique” and is focused on designing and implementing a course in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in order to strength national capacities, oriented towards academics and policymakers in Mozambique. The course was carried out in Maputo and an Online Community was created in Portuguese, titled “Curso Monitoria e Avaliação—CAP Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/IPC-IG” on the online platform.

Whithin this project, the following activities and content were carried out with the support from the platform:

Three Online Communities on Brazil-Africa knowledge sharing— one in English and French, and the other in Portuguese:

 The following publications were generated based on knowledge sharing activities between Brazil and Africa:

    Brazil–Africa knowledge-sharing on Social Protection and food and nutrition security (Working paper, also available in French and Portuguese)


    Brazil–Africa knowledge-sharing: What do African policymakers say? (One pager, also available in French and Portuguese)


Check all publications related to the project here.

Mapping study of African social protection policies/programmes: Social protection in Africa: inventory of non-contributory programmes

            The programmes featured in this publication are also made available on's Programme Search.

Realisation of the Rural women’s empowerment and social protection webinar