Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 43 - July 2015
  Issue 43 - July 2015  

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the latest Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty-reduction strategies. The July 2015 edition introduces readers to new publications covering such topics as Indonesia's Unified Database for Social Protection Programmes, the promotion of entrepreneurship among very poor women, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for social protection programmes, as well as a new One Pager in our ECLAC series. In addition, you can find out about updates on the IPC-IG's latest activities and participation in events in Cuba, Tunisia and Russia. Enjoy!



The Policy Research Brief "Indonesia's Single Registry for Social Protection Programmes" by Adama Bah, Suahasil Nazara and Elan Satriawan (Indonesia's National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction — TNP2K) is an overview of Indonesia's Unified Database for Social Protection Programmes (UDB) designed specifically to address targeting issues the country has faced since it began to implement targeted social assistance programmes. The UDB contains detailed socio-economic information about households classified as the poorest 40 per cent of the Indonesian population, and is the largest database of its kind in the world, with data on more than 25 million households. The brief is also available in Bahasa, French and Spanish and an Arabic version is coming soon.

The One Pager "Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Dominican Republic" by Milena Lavigne and Luis Hernán Vargas, is the latest in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) series on social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. You can also read the Spanish version.

The One Pager "Promoting Very Poor Women's Entrepreneurship: Combining Social Security with Training and Micro-credit" by Dev Nathan (Institute for Human Development, India and Duke University, USA) and Govind Kelkar (Rural Development Institute, India and USA), proposes a multifaceted programme, combining social security, loans and training to promote entrepreneurial activity by poor women. This One Pager is a partnership between the IPC-IG and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and is also available in Spanish.

Which key factors play a role in successfully introducing and embedding M&E in social protection programmes? And how to establish a comprehensive system that goes beyond the undertaking of a few specific ad hoc external studies, to provide systematic and continuous information for internal improvement and external accountability? In the One Pager "How to Move beyond the Impact Evaluation Trap? Setting up Comprehensive M&E Systems for Social Protection Programmes", Ramlatu Attah, Valentina Barca, Ian MacAuslan, Luca Pellerano and Nils Riemenschneider (Oxford Policy Management); Luigi Peter Ragno (UNICEF, Ghana), and Claire Simon (Independent Consultant: Research, Evaluation and Learning) draw on the work that Oxford Policy Management has carried out developing M&E systems for social protection programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Moldova and Mozambique to provide a framework for answering these questions.


There are also publications translated into Arabic, Bahasa, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

One Pager "Bolsa Família: A Summary of Its Impacts" by Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares (Institute for Applied Economic Research, Ipea). Italian. Portuguese. Spanish.

One Pager "Social Policies in China and India: the Role of Land Ownership and of Economic Size" by Minquan Liu (Asian Development Bank Institute). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See our full list of publications here


The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies

Can social protection policies promote economic growth? This is one of the questions our latest Policy in Focus, "The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies", seeks to answer. The issue features a foreword by renowned Prof. Martin Ravallion and includes 10 articles, where leading authors and policy practitioners present their research results and evidence, obtained using various methodologies, regarding small-scale programmes to large-scale policies in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia. This edition was made in collaboration with the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).



New Platform on Social Protection

A new online platform on social protection is set to be officially launched momentarily. The test phase of the beta version of the platform, however, is currently live for the project's partners. is an unbranded, online hub, supported by the Development Working Group of the G20 and financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Its mission is to be the online focal point of social protection knowledge-sharing and capacity-building.

The initiative is hosted by the IPC-IG. If you wish to be informed of further updates on, including its official launch, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Discover, Connect, Learn and Share soon!

NEC Community Wraps Up Online Discussion

The National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) Community of Practice (COP), with support from the IPC-IG and the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), has recently concluded an online discussion ahead of the upcoming NEC conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme of the online discussion, held from 27 April to 22 May 2015, was "How the 2015 NEC Conference in Bangkok: 'Blending Evaluation Principles with Development Practices' can enhance national evaluation capacities and help to develop and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals". The NEC team would like to thank all of the participants. A special One Pager on the theme will be published soon.

If you are interested in reading the discussion, click here.

Read our Bulletin in French and Portuguese
With the hope of reaching an even larger audience interested in topics such as inclusive growth, social protection and cash transfers, we have officially re-launched the Inclusive Growth Bulletin in Portuguese! We have also launched the second issue of our French Bulletin. Both editions are bi-monthly and if you haven't subscribed to receive them yet, you can do so here: French and Portuguese.

State of Social Safety Nets 2015 Report
The World Bank Group has launched the "State of Social Safety Nets 2015 Report". You can access the complete web package on the Bank Group's Corporate site. In addition to the full report and press releases, there are also special video features from Senegal and Kenya as well as infographics.

Access to Services in Brazil
On 23 and 24 July, the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (Ibase) and ActionAid will hold the seminar 'Access to Services as a Right' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The provision of quality public services is a priority in the fight against poverty and inequality in Brazil and the issues and challenges that regarding the supply of quality services in education, health, social welfare, mobility, sanitation, public safety and housing will be discussed.

South-South Dialogue


Racial Inequality Discussions in Cuba
Ipea and IPC-IG Senior Researcher, Rafael Guerreiro Osorio, presented an overview of his work on racial inequality in Brazil during a workshop held at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), in Havana, Cuba, on 30 June. The presentation gathered faculty members as well as post-graduate students of Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics. The same speech was delivered on 1 July at the Cuban Institute of Cultural Research Juan Marinello.

Mr. Osorio also participated in the international meeting "20 Años de creación: Presente y futuro de las ciencias sociales en Cuba", celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Casa de Altos Estudios Don Fernando Ortiz, a centre of excellence in social research at the University of Havana, with a presentation on how Brazilian social theory has helped to address the issue of racial inequality since the 1930's. Sociologists Graziela Moraes Silva (UFRJ, Brazil), Marcia Lima (USP and CEBRAP, Brazil), Fernando Urrea Giraldo (Universidad del Valle, Colombia), Stanley Bailey (UCI, USA), and historian Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University, USA) also conducted presentations on racial inequality in Latin America across all three events.

PAA Africa
On 26 June, IPC-IG's research coordinator, Fabio Veras, participated in the PAA Africa (Purchase from Africans for Africa) Forum in Senegal to discuss the programme's expansion. PAA Africa currently operates in five African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Social Protection in Tunisia
On the week of 29 June to 3 July, Sergei Soares (Ipea) and Joana Mostafa (Brazil's Ministry of Social Development) travelled to Tunisia and worked with researchers from the Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Sociales (CRES), exchanging experiences on social protection and discussing the proposed reforms in the country, under the umbrella of a trilateral cooperation agreement to be signed by the governments of Brazil and Tunisia, as well as UNICEF.


Fabio Veras and Mario Györi (IPC-IG) also traveled to Tunisia from 8-10 July to present a detailed policy option paper on alternatives for the reform of the social protection system in the country. During their mission they held discussions with representatives from CRES, from the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation (MDCI) and from the Ministry of Social Affairs (MAS). This mission is part of an agreement between the IPC-IG and UNICEF's Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa.


Information Technologies in the BRICS countries
IPC-IG's associate researcher Pedro Lara de Arruda attended the VII International Information Technologies (IT) Forum, with the participation of representatives from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, administrative centre of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug—Ugra, Russia, between 6-7 July.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Arruda highlighted the importance of the IT sector as a potential avenue for economic growth among the BRICS countries, as well as a tool for the more efficient management of public policies. The increase of access to these technologies can potentially contribute to increasing productivity and reducing regional inequalities. He presented a comparative analysis of the education systems of the five BRICS countries and stressed the need to develop IT solutions primarily to meet the shortage of comparable information between countries and to promote informal innovation models, as social technologies. The event aimed at discussing common policies for the promotion of IT among countries and the use of such instruments in the development of various agendas such as security, public administration, education, health, social security, among others.


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