Welcome to the May edition of our monthly newsletter!
In recent decades, social protection programmes increased in prevalence across much of the global South. In Southern Africa, some governments expanded coverage while others resisted (UN-WIDER, 2018). Politics and resources informed these developments.
Evidence on the effects of social protection on inclusive growth can help generate political and financial commitment. The Transfer Project aims to promote evidence generation and capacity building to inform the development of social protection programmes and policies in Africa. Last month, policymakers, researchers, and development partners met to discuss the latest evidence at the Transfer Project Workshop 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania.
This year’s theme focused on long-term poverty reduction, with a side-debate on the role of political economy and how to promote evidence uptake. The Weekly Social Protection Links: April 19 blog post, by Ugo Gentilini, presents a compilation of the core presentations from the event. We hope you enjoy browsing through this and other content on social protection in Southern Africa this month. We are also pleased to share upcoming livestream and webinar events below!
The R-UNDG-RIASCO Inter-Agency Social Protection Platform for Southern Africa has recently been updated and features outputs from face-to-face meetings. This high-level regional coordination platform caters to a range of United Nations regional directors as well as interested donors and NGOs. Join for the latest content on shock responsive and nutrition sensitive social protection in Southern Africa.