January 2016

The socialprotection.org team wishes you all a happy new year! Introducing socialprotection.org’s first Newsletter of 2016! The aim of this monthly newsletter is to highlight the platform’s content, members and latest developments. 

Over the past 4 months, socialprotection.org has amassed 578
members from over 90 countries, affiliated to more than 40 institutions. The platform has also compiled a Publications Search that directs access to over 1500 of the latest and most relevant publications related to social protection. We invite you to gain further insight into our latest developments in our December 2015 Progress Report.


This month, socialprotection.org engaged in bilateral talks regarding future collaboration with the IASPN Knowledge and Learning Portal. The Portal is designed to support cooperation among the social protection community of the Americas. Check out the IASPN’S Non-contributory social protection programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean database.

Become a member of socialprotection.org to gain access to our new Social Space feature! It allows you to follow the content and activities of fellow members. Check out the Member Search to see who you can connect with on the platform!

Publications Search

2016 marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Year of Pulses. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will facilitate the implementation of the Year, which aims to increase awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.

In light of this, we would like to introduce to you FAO’s publication,
The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 - Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty, which recognizes the potential for social protection measures to help break the cycle of rural poverty and vulnerability, when combined with broader agricultural and rural development measures.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World, the FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) expose how social protection systems were critical in achieving progress towards the MDG 1’s hunger and poverty targets in a number of developing countries.

Simone Cecchini (CEPAL) shared, Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools, which reflects on the public policies, programmes and regulatory frameworks that are taking a rights-based approach to expanding social protection coverage and benefits in Latin America, aiming to achieve universal coverage.

Member Search

Juan M Villa (Social Security Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank) is this month’s featured member. He has shared publications concerning social security and pensions in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Better Pensions, Better Jobs: Towards Universal Coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Stakeholder Search

socialprotection.org’s Stakeholder Search holds a directory of stakeholders related to the field of social protection. We invite you to include your institution in this directory by accessing the Share tab.
Online Communities

We invite all individuals with a professional interest in designing and implementing single registries and integrated management information systems (MIS) that support the delivery of social protection programmes to join the Single Registries and Integrated MISs Online Community. The Community was prompted by a workshop on the topic, organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2015. Valentina Barca and Richard Chirchir serve as moderators.

Discussion Forum

Contribute to our Discussion Forum, which provides an open space for members to discuss a variety of topics! It has four sub-forums dedicated to Platform Administration, News/Events, Institutions/Networking and Research/Policy. We invite you to get involved in the discussion on Universal pension systems in developing countries, initiated by member Jenni Tuominen  (Student, University of Turku).


Check out our Events database for a calendar of upcoming events related to social protection in 2016! If you know about an upcoming event, include it in the database by accessing the Share tab.
The Nutrition and Food Systems Division of FAO and The American University of Rome (AUR) are holding a
seminar on ‘Nutrition-sensitive social protection policies and programs: which challenges and gaps still remain?’. It will be held on 22 January in Rome, Italy.
The 8th Social Protection Policy Makers Conference,  themed ‘Linking Economic Policies and job Creation Initiatives to Social Security Development in East and Central Africa’, will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 28 to 29 January.


We invite you to participate in the socialprotection.org Member Feedback and Suggestions Survey. Your input will ensure that the development of the platform meets your needs!
Virtual Campus

See this video by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on How to achieve equitable growth and Social Protection for all?, exposing the necessity of implementing Social Protection Floors to achieve equitable growth.

Learning Tools
With 2016 being the International Year of Pulses, we suggest that you explore this DFAT
Guidance Note on Social Protection and Nutrition, designed to help administrators and practitioners understand how social protection can improve nutrition.


See definitions of social protection and related terms in our Glossary! For example, the IPC-IG’s definition of Purchases from smallholder farmers. You can contribute your institution’s definitions by accessing the Glossary feature.


Have a look at our News section, where you can find up-to-date information on social protection programmes from around the world. Tania Tasnin (Knowledge Management, BRAC) contributed a news article on Extreme Poverty - Leaving it behind, Upward Mobility for the World’s Destitute.

Ambassador Programme

This month’s featured Ambassador is Woody Wong Espejo, who shared the ILO’s publication Social Protection: Safety Net or Potential Economic Growth?, which investigates whether there are negative labour effects to cash transfers and their potential to promote productive employment.

You can find out more information about socialprotection.org’s Ambassador Programme

Top retweeter for this edition

Thank you to The Transfer Project for being the top retweeter of socialprotection.org’s Twitter account!

See charts and figures, like the one below, highlighting our latest developments in our December Progress Report.