Welcome to our November newsletter!

This month’s newsletter is dedicated to the United Nations Africa Industrialisation Day, marked each year on 20 November. We therefore present highlights on the contribution of social protection to poverty reduction and economic growth in Africa.

Industrialisation is a process that sees the large-scale introduction of manufacturing, technology, and productive economic activity. Accompanying the pursuit of industrialisation with comprehensive social protection supports growth that is inclusive and sustainable. Social protection has been recognised as an important policy tool for low and middle-income countries for promoting inclusive economic growth, by supporting 
productive inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, access to decent work, and stimulating local economies.

Social protection has also be found to
positively impact household productivity and labour market participation. At the local level, it has multiplier effects of increasing local consumption and improving labour market outcomes. More so, agricultural subsidies, education incentives, and access to micro-finance have been found to support human capital development, which constitutes the foundation of economic development at large.
How can lump-sum cash transfers be designed to improve their productive potential?

(Oxford Policy Management, 2016)

Transferring substantial amounts of cash could increase consumption expenditure, enhance the productivity of beneficiaries and stimulate local growth.
The local economy impacts of social cash transfers: a comparative analysis of seven sub-Saharan countries

(Food and Agriculture Organisation2016)

See the impacts of the “From Protection to Production” (PtoP) project on seven African programmes. There is evidence of significant local economy spill overs, resulting in income multipliers accruing to non-beneficiary households.
Programme Specific Report: Public Works Programmes in Malawi

(Irish Aid and the International Labour Organization, 2016)

Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPWP) programmes, can improve the access of remote communities to regional centres to facilitate trade and regional development.
Myth-busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa

(UNICEF, FAO, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Transfer Project, 2017)

Cash transfers do not create dependency or reduce participation in productive activities; nor do they lead to negative community-level economic impacts, such as price distortion or inflation.
16 November
14:00 pm - 15:00 pm



Shock Responsive Social Protection
in Latin America and the Caribbean:

Recent regional experiences


25 - 26
November 2017

Adigrat University, 
Tigrai, Ethiopia

SPIDA Conference: Social Protection as a Pathway for Inclusive Development

Social Protection as a pathway for inclusive development among the pastoral and agro-pastoralism communities in Africa
Online Communities

Join this member based space exploring the contribution of social protection programmes to the promotion of livelihoods by supporting access to jobs in the formal and informal sectors.

Access jobs and calls for papers on our dedicated Jobs page. Members can share jobs and calls for papers with our community of social protection practitioners by clicking on + Submit job offer.
The Ambassadors Programme

Social protection is being increasingly recognised for its capacity to compliment and reinforce both environmental and economic agendas. Read this blog by socialprotection.org Ambassador, Ankita Verma, for insight into the Indian context: Sustainable economic growth: Integrating environmental and social protection