The Adaptive Social Protection Program in Sahel


During the current COVID-19 crisis, the Partnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI)1 is pleased to announce the launch of a four-part webinar learning series focused on sharing country experiences on moving economic inclusion programs to scale. The first webinar took place on April 2nd, 2020, from 8:30 am to 10 am GMT-4/EDT.

The first of the series featured the Sahel Adaptive Social Protection Program, which was launched in March 2014 to support the design and implementation of adaptive social protection programs and systems in six Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal. The Sahel’s adaptive social protection systems consist of policies and programs to help poor and vulnerable households build resilience, reduce the impact of climatic change and other shocks, and foster access to income-earning opportunities. The program is underpinned by a multi-country randomized control trial to evaluate the impacts of these interventions among safety nets beneficiaries. 

This webinar examined the design rationale, steps taken in delivering the programs, and early insights and lessons learned on designing and implementing economic inclusion approaches through national safety net systems.


Thomas Bossuroy, Senior Economist, World Bank


Yéréfolo Mallé, Regional Representative, West Africa, Trickle Up


Colin Andrews, Program Manager, PEI, World Bank


1The Partnership on Economic Inclusion is a new global partnership with a mission to support the adoption of national economic inclusion programs that increase the earnings and assets of the extreme poor and vulnerable households. PEI brings together global stakeholders to catalyze country-level innovation, and it consolidates and shares global knowledge. 


This was the first webinar of the Economic Inclusion Learning Series. The webinar series, organised by the World Bank Group Social Protection and JobsPartnership for Economic Inclusion (PEI), SPEC, is designed based on peer-to-peer learning from diverse experiences from countries moving economic inclusion programs to scale. 

Please save the dates below for future webinars (topics to be confirmed):

April 30, May 14, and June 11, 8.30-10am GMT-4/EDT