Conditional or unconditional cash transfers? From ideology to policy dialogue

I have just read a paper on social protection in Africa with which I profoundly disagree. It has a good main title – “Beware of the Crocodile” – but it goes steadily downhill from there. Even the sub-title is misleading: “Quantitative Evidence on How Universal Old Age Grants Distort the Social Assistance Systems of Low-Income Countries”.

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This literature review synthesises the evidence on workplace-based learning interventions in Africa. Workplace-based learning refers to practical or on-the-job training that is usually provided through an apprenticeship, internship, learnership, work placement or other practical training component of a vocational education or training programme.

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Social protection responses to COVID-19: challenges and opportunities to urban settings in Sub-Saharan Africa

The virtual meeting is organized in the context of south-south knowledge sharing, learning and exchange on extending social protection to migrant workers. It will bring together a community of practice on social protection to share Inter-RECs and country level good practices. The good practices will include COVID-19 response measures that extend support to migrant workers, including returnees. The meeting aims to enhance the coordination of south-south cooperation towards improving implementation of continental, sub-regional and national frameworks (e.g.

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African countries are using technology in many new ways to fight the coronavirus pandemic. This report highlights some of the best digital solutions and estimates the investments required to implement the technology on a wider scale. The European Investment Bank prepared this report with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and the consulting firm BearingPoint.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: 17 July 2020

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that severe underfunding, conflict and disasters – as well as supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID19 - threaten to leave millions of refugees across Africa without food. “Millions of refugees throughout Africa are currently reliant on regular aid to meet their food needs,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “Around half are children, who may develop life-long difficulties if deprived of food at vital stages in their development.”

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COVID-19 poses significant challenges to an already strained rural context in Africa. The growing direct impact of COVID-19 is affecting health, in terms of morbidity and mortality, as well as quickly overburdening health care services with negative repercussions for non-COVID related health problems, but even before COVID-19 had spread in Africa, the socio economic impact was felt.

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One inadvertent effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn across Africa has been the harsh spotlight on shortcomings of social safety nets across the continent. In addition to boosting public health systems and infrastructure, African governments have also been faced with the task of providing economic relief for the citizens worst affected: the millions of low-income households and informal economy workers who depend on daily earnings.

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