Welcome to our February newsletter!
In this issue, we delve into the powerful intersection of social protection and climate resilience. How can countries help populations cope with a large set of climate-related shocks? Check out the Social Protection Podcast discussing the outcomes of COP28; read publications by FAO and the OECD; watch the livestream of an event on child benefits; register to receive the enrolment link of a brand-new course on data protection; and apply for opportunities at WIEGO, FAO.
Social Protection Podcast
Episode 35 | Exploring COP28: Supporting Just Transition through Social Protection—Among the decisions made at the last COP28, was the establishment of the new ‘Loss and Damage Fund’, designed to assist countries most vulnerable to climate change. How can governments draw on such climate financing mechanisms to build and enhance their social protection systems? Listen now.
Events
The transformative potential of expanding the coverage of child benefits to eliminate child poverty | CSocD62, UNDESA
ILO, Save the Children, UNICEF
 
14 February 2024 | Livestreaming from New York
Access now
14th Poverty and Social Protection Conference (PSPC2024)
Tomorrow People Organization

9–11 March 2024 | Bangkok
Access now
Publications
Discover additional recent publications curated by the socialprotection.org team
Database
EGM: Cash Transfers and Cash Plus Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries | C4ED, DEval, BMZ—This Evidence Gap Map (EGM) draws on the effects of cash transfers (CTs) and cash transfer plus (CTs+) programmes on a broad set of development outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) since 2005. This EGM only includes studies on CTs and CTs+ targeting households or individuals with the aim of reducing vulnerabilities. It seeks to address the current lack of a systematic mapping of the growing body of evidence on the effects of CT and CT+ interventions. The database provides a visual and interactive representation of impact evaluations and systematic reviews on CT and CT+ programmes in low- and middle-income countries.
Multimedia
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and SP-MIS Interface | DCI—Explore the first set of standards released by the Digital Converge Initiative (DCI) on the interoperability of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and Social Protection Management Information Systems (SP-MIS). The standards have been reviewed by various experts within the Standards Committee representing 17 organisations, including governments, international organisations, global initiatives, digital public goods, solution providers and individual experts, and endorsed by the USP2030 Partnership. Explore the interface.
e-Learning
Subscribe to our e-Learning alert—Improve your knowledge on social protection: join our semi-annual alert featuring a wide range of courses on various topics. Sign up to receive the next issue in late February, launching a new self-paced micro-course, titled ‘Good Practices for Ensuring Data Protection and Privacy in Social Protection Systems’, developed by socialprotection.org and GIZ/BMZ.
Academic Opportunities
MSc Social Protection
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences | Sankt Augustin | Blended | Apply by 31 May 2024
 
Poverty and Development
University of Sussex | Sussex | In-person | Apply by 31 August 2024
Job Opportunities
Childcare Coordinator
WIEGO | Home-based | Apply by 15 February 2024

Social Protection Specialist (Climate)
FAO | Various locations | Apply by 22 February 2024
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The Role of Social Protection in Leveraging Climate Resilience
What is the role of social protection in a world grappling with environmental shifts? How can governments significantly enhance their capacity to respond to climate-related challenges? Explore how social protection can not only shield populations from the immediate impacts of climate change, but also foster long-term resilience and sustainable growth. Discover efforts to tackle current challenges and the way forward towards more sustainable societies. Enjoy your reading!
Blog of the Month
Social protection for inclusive climate action: COP28 and beyond—The increasing recognition of the role of social protection in fostering inclusive climate action is a welcome and timely development. However, social protections systems are confronted with the challenge of meeting these growing needs amid limited resources. Learn more.
This blog was especially produced for our Feburary newsletter
by Garima Bhalla (FAO), Jana Bischler (ILO), and Sayanti Sengupta (RCCC).
Publications 
Browse additional publications on Climate Change and Social Protection,
curated by the socialprotection.org team.
Programme Profile
Universal Adaptive Social Protection to Enhance Resilience and Acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Eastern Caribbean | Barbados, Saint Lucia—With the support of the United Nations (UN) SDG Fund and various other agencies, this joint programme aimed at improving the resilience and fostering adaptation to climate change for social protection systems in Barbados and Saint Lucia. Developed between 2020 and 2022, it focused on developing adaptive and universal social protection systems in the Eastern Caribbean. The programme targeted marginalised and vulnerable populations, with particular attention to women, children, elderly people, youth, persons with disabilities, and migrants. It delivered a cash transfer to over 1,500 households to help them adapt to climate change, along with top-ups and emergency assistance for victims of emergencies and natural disasters. Explore the programme.
Multimedia
Access the recording of two sessions hosted at the ILO Just Transition pavilion, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28):
9 December 2023 | Building social protection systems that support a Just Transition
10 December 2023 | The Global Accelerator for Jobs and Social Protection
Past Webinar
Rethinking Social Protection and Climate Change – Implications of climate change for social protection policy and programming in the Asia-Pacific Region—DFAT
 
23 November 2023
Watch the recording | Summary | Presentation
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