Welcome to our January newsletter!
In the first issue of 2023, we share current social protection trends and the highlights of the field in 2022. Join us for three upcoming webinars, listen to a new episode of the Social Protection Podcast, featuring special guests, discover recent publications on digital social protection and USP, and apply for academic and job opportunities!
In addition, check out our 2022 recap and the platform’s most popular content over the past 12 months.
Happy New Year!
Upcoming webinars
Are we harnessing the power of machine learning in social protection?
Development Pathways

12 January 2023 | 13:00 (GMT)
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Integrated Social Protection Information System in Ghana: Opportunities, Impact and Challenges

24 January 2023 | 09:00 (EST)
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Disaster Risk Financing meets Adaptive Social Protection: Maximizing the effectiveness of shock response

14 February 2023 | 14:00 (CET/GMT+1)
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Social Protection Podcast
Episode 21 | Looking Back at Social Protection in 2022—Can we forecast what the future of social protection might hold based on its latest developments? Ugo Gentilini (World Bank) and guests look back at the main social protection themes in 2022, including pathways for universality.
13th Poverty and Social Protection Conference
Tomorrow People Organization

9-11 March 2023 | Bangkok, Thailand

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*Due to limited space and a competitive admission process, early applications are encouraged
Access additional recent publications curated by the socialprotection.org team
Video: Social protection reaches remote native community in Paraguay's Chaco region | ILO—Discover the impacts of the ‘¡Vamos! Social Protection System’ in a remote community in Paraguay, which brings essential health and civil services to indigenous citizens, supported by ILO and UNICEF, and funded by the European Union. In addition, check out a related publication.
Academic Opportunities
MSc in Comparative Social Policy
University of Oxford | Oxford | Apply until 1 March 2023
MSc Food Security and Development
University of Reading | Reading | Apply until 1 July 2023
Job Opportunities
Team leader: Improving and strengthening efficiency of national social protection regulatory mechanisms, policy implementation tools, quality assurance framework and strengthening capacities to participate in ESF
GIZ | Belgrad | Apply until 22 January 2023

Programme Officer (Armenia Nationals only)
UNICEF | Yerevan | Apply until 23 January 2023
2022 in review: the increased role of social protection
Looking back at 2022, we recap the main challenges and opportunities related to social protection over the year: forced displacements, climate change, inflation, digital innovations, and others. Read a blog post about the highlights of social protection in 2022, check out our most accessed publications, enrol on micro-courses, browse a new gender-responsive database, join our most active Online Communities, and recall additional initiatives by socialprotection.org. 
2022 Social Protection Highlights | by Isabela Franciscon and Tomás Borges | socialprotection.org—Discover what stood out in the field of social protection (SP), including: SP responses to global inflation; adaptive SP in the context of climate shocks; how SP was approached in COP27; and unconditional cash transfers geared at the working-age population.
This blog was especially produced for our January newsletter.
Discover our most accessed blogs of 2022! Penned by our 2021 Ambassador from Kenya, Josiah Kiarie, ‘Delivering quality and affordable health services: Kenya’s road to Universal Health Coverage (UHC)’ was the most popular blog post of the year. In addition, check out ‘Building universal social protection systems for all: What role for targeting?’, by Shahra Razavi (ILO), and ‘The Global Fund for Social Protection and the Global Accelerator for Jobs and Social Protection: can these two initiatives be strategically combined?’, by Michael Cichon (in memoriam).

Access additional publications that stood out in 2022, curated by the socialprotection.org team

The Arab version of the Social Protection Fundamentals and Topics series was launched in September 2022. It addresses core topics and concepts of social protection, such as programmes, digital social protection, adaptive social protection, and rural poverty. The adaptation was developed by socialprotection.org, the former IPC-IG, UNICEF Tunisia, ESCWA, KFW and GIZ Tunisia/BMZ.
e-Learning series on Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) | socialprotection.org, GIZ, IPC-IG—Enrol now on the revamped and updated versions of the first two courses of the series: Programmes and Delivery Systems and Data and Information. The third course, on Financing, will be out on 31 January. If you wish to receive the link for enrolment, join our upcoming e-Learning alert.
Disability – Social Protection – Inclusion: Dialogue for Change
ILO, UNICEF, IDA, UNPRPD and partners

16-17 March 2022
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This international online conference was hosted by socialprotection.org and co-organised by several partners. It aimed at bringing together key actors working on disability-inclusive social protection and promoting technical sessions on key questions around the design and implementation of social protection policies, programmes, and delivery mechanisms for people with disabilities.
Ambassadors Programme 2022
From March to June 2022, socialprotection.org, with support from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), promoted the 9th edition of its Ambassadors Programme, with the collaboration of 22 Ambassadors from 20 different countries, selected from over 200 candidates, along with six Alumni Ambassadors who acted as Leaders.

The participants wrote six blog posts, produced nine multimedia posts for social media, and mapped 56 pieces of content for inclusion in the platform, such as publications and policy and legal documents. In addition to supporting the platform’s activities, they brought unique perspectives from their countries and backgrounds.
Resources on Gender-Responsive Social Protection
SPIAC-B, socialprotection.org

Navigate this living collection of resources on gender, launched in November 2022, and browse key documents providing guidance for working at the intersection of topics such as child protection, gender-based violence and wage inequality, among others. The aim is to facilitate research, policymaking and the implementation of gender-responsive programmes and interventions.
Online Community
Discover the most accessed Online Community (OC) of 2022! The Social protection in crisis contexts OC gathers over 380 members and more than 200 documents. Last year, it garnered over 7,200 unique page views, with visitors from 124 different countries, mainly from Brazil, the United Kingdom, United States, France, and Spain.

In addition, we invite you to join another popular OC, the Social protection responses to COVID-19 [Task force], and browse a myriad of resources related to COVID-19 and social protection.
Programme Profiles
Primary Education Stipend Programme (PESP)

The Primary Education Stipend Programme (PESP) aims to increase the enrolment, attendance, and cycle completion rates among primary school-age children from poor and vulnerable households, hence reducing dropout rates. The programme’s grant is paid to heads of households with children in primary education.