Welcome to the October edition of our monthly newsletter!
The poverty rate has fallen across Africa over the past 25 years, however, reaching the extreme poor remains a challenge. Social protection has been identified as a key instrument in tackling this and other major risks and shocks in the region, such as rapid urbanisation, informality, low employment, and natural disasters. 

Recently, the number of social protection programmes in East and West Africa has expanded significantly. Even so, there is a pressing need to scale up and tailor social protection to current and emerging challenges (OECD, 2017).

This month’s newsletter presents some of the latest content on social protection in East and West Africa, as well as other highlights of the month. We invite you to register for five upcoming webinars sharing key lessons and best practices on social protection. We hope you enjoy your reading!
We are delighted to share with you our 2018-2019 Annual Report!

These past 12 months were marked by important achievements related to the design, structure, and services provided by socialprotection.org. Thank you for your support and for being an integral part of the platform’s success and evolution. 
Upcoming Webinars
SPaN (2019) Case Study: Mali
European Commission
Income Changes and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Unconditional Cash Transfers in Kenya
Johannes Haushofer | Charlotte Ringda | Jeremy Shapiro | Xiao Yu Wang
socialprotection.org has created a new content type to facilitate the dissemination of social protection consolidated data. Under the ‘Discover’ tab, you can now find databases, such as the Social Assistance in Africa Data Platform. This project, developed by UNDP, in partnership with the African Union, ILO, UNECA and UNICEF, aims to understand more about state-run social assistance systems in Africa and inform policy and practice. 
Blog posts
Do Public Works Programmes Work? Design and implementation features for programme success
by Silas Theile
Is Nigeria's social protection on the cusp of transformation?
by Gbenga Shadare
Featured Online Community
The Plateforme régionale de la Protection Sociale en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre (West and Central Africa Regional Social Protection Platform) is aimed to strengthen collaboration and knowledge exchange among social protection actors to support the development and improvement of social protection systems in West and Central Africa. Become a member to gain access to its content and connect with fellow policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.
10 October 2019
Gender Ministry implements pro-poor programme
8 October 2019
'Closing orphanages isn’t enough': the centres supporting children and families in Uganda
Government of Sierra Leone | The World Bank | UNICEF | Irish Aid | WFP | EPRI
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