Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 51 - April 2016










Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the newest Inclusive Growth Bulletin edition, covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The April issue launches new publications on rural poverty in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, produced in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development. There is also a One Pager on grievance mechanisms for social protection, as well as new translations. We also bring the latest news and updates on our activities, including participation in events in Brazil, Ethiopia and United States, as well as knowledge sharing activities and a new opportunity to volunteer online. We hope you enjoy your read!

IPC-IG and IFAD: Rural Poverty


As part of the partnership between the IPC-IG and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which has launched a series of studies on rural poverty in Brazil, this month we present the following new publications:

The One Pager "Challenges and perspectives for rural women in Brazil under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", by Amanda Barroso Lima, Beatriz Abreu dos Santos and Isadora Cardoso Vasconcelos (UNDP Brazil), looks into the inequality faced by rural women and proposes a policy framework based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda to create a strategy that could decrease disparities in access to production factors, technology, knowledge and economic and social opportunities, as well as enhance women's role in agriculture, with significant benefits towards achieving all the SDGs. It is also available in Portuguese.

In the Working Paper "Poverty profile: the rural North and Northeast of Brazil", Sergei Soares (Institute of Applied Economic Research—Ipea and IPC-IG), Laetícia De Souza (IPC-IG), Wesley Silva (consultant), Fernando Gaiger Silveira (Ipea/IPC-IG) and Áquila Campos, (Ipea research fellow) present poverty profiles for the rural areas of the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. They present a definition, setting lines for poverty and extreme poverty and offering an alternative to the official definitions of 'rural' and 'urban' provided by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística—IBGE) as a foundation for their analysis. It is available in Portuguese. A Policy Research Brief on the theme is also available in English and Portuguese.

The Working Paper "Fiscal condition of the public sector in Brazil: an analysis with an emphasis on the states in the North and Northeast regions of the country and on financing for rural development", by Rodrigo Octávio Orair (IPC-IG/Ipea), Sergio Wulf Gobetti (Ipea) and André Amorim Alencar and João Marcelo (consultants), evaluates the fiscal condition of the Brazilian public sector, focusing on the situation of state governments in the North and Northeast regions of the country and on international financing for rural development. It is available in Portuguese. A Policy Research Brief is also available in English and Portuguese.


A Grievance Mechanism (GM) is a system that allows citizens to provide feedback to implementers of a given service and allows implementers to respond. In the One Pager "Grievance mechanisms for social protection programmes: stumbling blocks and best practice", Valentina Barca (Oxford Policy Management) looks into the pros and cons of the main types of grievance channels, offering some solutions to challenges, while noting that that GMs cannot compensate for poorly designed or implemented social protection programmes.


There is also one publication translated into Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

One Pager "The Consolidation of Social Assistance Policy in Brazil" by Luciana Jaccoud, Patricia Dario El-Moor Hadjab and Juliana Rochet Chaibub (IPEA). Arabic. Portuguese. Spanish. Turkish.


See our full list of publications here


The financial challenges facing governments in Latin America bring to light the need to design and implement efficient fiscal policies to avoid an imbalance in spending while continuing to work to reduce the profound inequalities in the region. With that in mind, on 12 April, the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) and presented the webinar "La política fiscal como mecanismo para combatir la desigualdad: análisis en Brasil y Guatemala". The cases of Guatemala and Brazil were presented by Hilkiah Stuart Moran (Commitment for Equity Institute—CEQ) and Rodrigo Orair (IPC-IG/Ipea). Both researchers pointed out how the fiscal policies of both countries are regressive, reinforcing socioeconomic inequality, and made suggestions on how they can be reformed towards systems that are more progressive.

On 3 May, the "Gender and Social Protection: Current Issues and Policy Trends" webinar will mark the beginning of the Webinar Series on Gender-Sensitive Social Protection, a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IPC-IG. is also hosting an accompanying online community where follow-up discussions will be held among participants. The first webinar in the series will present an overview of the main research and policy issues in the areas of gender and social protection. Stay tuned!


Become an ambassador!
You can join the Team in promoting and developing the platform by applying to the second term of the Ambassador Programme via the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) online volunteering website. Ambassadors are involved in the provision of content, fomenting knowledge exchange and networking activities, and the overall promotion of the platform.

There is also another opportunity to support the team to research and create Asian Social Protection Programme Profiles. The selected candidate will research social protection programmes currently implemented in the South Asia, East Asia and Pacific regions in an effort to create distinct profiles for's Programme Search feature. Apply now or share the opportunity with someone who might be interested!

Country-led Knowledge Sharing
Luis Henrique Paiva, IPC-IG Research Associate, Ipea Researcher and Brazil's former National Secretary of the Bolsa Família Programme, participated in the "Third High-Level Meeting on Country-led Knowledge Sharing: Knowledge Sharing to Accelerate Development Results", organized by the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Ministry of Finance of South Korea, in Washington DC, from 30 to 31 March.

The event gathered more than 400 participants, from government officials to representatives from multilateral and international development agencies, to discuss challenges, opportunities and hands-on experiences related to how knowledge sharing can be a pivotal tool for the implementation of the SDGs and local development. Mr. Paiva participated as the discussant at the event's parallel session "Learning locally—Sharing globally: Social Protection Solutions", whereby he delivered his thoughts on the importance of knowledge sharing for the dissemination of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes across the globe.

South-South Dialogue

Nepal Government Mission to Brazil
Representatives from the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MOFALD) of the Government of Nepal, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Nepal and from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) visited the IPC-IG on 6 April as part of a knowledge sharing activity on social protection and public policies.

Alicia Spengler, Senior Project Analyst at the IPC-IG, delivered a presentation on the work and mission of the Centre, followed by an introduction of the online platform. Luiz Henrique Paiva, associate researcher at the IPC-IG, Ipea researcher and former National Secretary of the Bolsa Família Programme (BFP), presented Brazil's most well-known CCT, Bolsa Família. He gave a well-rounded overview of the programme, covering from its main characteristics such as benefits and conditionalities, to its budget, evolution, institutional frameworks, the Single Registry, as well as complementary programmes and persisting challenges.

Transfer Project
Fabio Veras, Research Coordinator at the IPC-IG, participated in the "Fifth Transfer Project Research Workshop Evaluating National Integrated Cash Transfer Programs" that took place in Addis Ababa from 6-8 April, aiming at learning about the impact and operation of cash transfers and 'cash+' programmes in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and other regions of the world. Mr. Veras was the discussant in the second session of the Workshop "Overviews from the Transfer Project—Building the big picture: Overview of cross-country evidence to date—what we know and what we don't know, from large-scale national programming in SSA".

The Transfer Project is a research and learning initiative, which supports improved knowledge and practice on social transfers in SSA. An Online Community was created in the platform to follow-up on the discussions held during the workshop.


Integration of databases and public policy
On 5 and 6 April, Brazil's Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), in partnership with the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP), organised the "International Seminar on Database Integration and Information Systems for Public Policy Improvement". Attended by around 150 experts and representatives from national governments and international teams, the seminar included discussions and presentations on good practices for the institutional, technological and contextual integration of databases and information systems.

IPC-IG's Research Coordinator Rafael Osório, and Luis Henrique Paiva participated in the Seminar. Also in attendance was Mrs . Valentina Barca, consultant from Oxford Policy Management. She authored the One Pager featured in this newsletter, as well as last month's "The conditions for conditionality in cash transfers". She is also the administrator of the Management Information Systems Online Community on

The WWP is a joint initiative by IPC-IG, Ipea, the World Bank and the MDS.


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