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!
Linking social protection to sustainable livelihoods: The way forward for Indonesia
National Planning Development Agency (BAPPENAS) | MAHKOTA | DFAT

15 May

13:00 - 14:30 (Jakarta / GMT+7)
Upcoming Webinars
Financing gender-responsive social protection

6 June
12:00 - 13:15 GMT

Register now
Programme Profiles
Check out our social protection programme profiles from sub-Saharan Africa
Building on government systems for shock preparedness and response: The role of social assistance data and information systems
by Valentina Barca (12 March 2019)
South Africa's Expanded Public Works Programme: Innovations and Challenges by Aline Peres
by Aline Peres (9 January 2019)
30 April 2019
South African Women Benefit From Post-Apartheid Labour Reforms
5 May 2019
Exploring social protection systems in Zimbabwe
Featured Online Community
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.
Upcoming Event
Amina Ebrahim on can a wage subsidy system help reduce 50 per cent youth unemployment? Evidence from South Africa
12 June (Helsinki, Finland)
Calls for Papers and Jobs
European Commission Unicef 
Call for Proposals: Africa-Europe Alliance: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme | Apply until 12 June 

Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection)
Zimbabwe | Apply until 20 May     
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