Our work

Research Strategy

IPC-IG's research is rigorous and cross-disciplinary. It brings together economists, demographers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and experts in the field of international relations with the common goal of fighting poverty and reducing inequality. The research programmes are complementary in nature and designed to reach a wide audience through research, training programmes, advisory services and fellowships, and by supporting knowledge-based networks.

South-South Dialogue

IPC-IG contributes significantly to the promotion of South-South dialogue through a number of activities, such as: i) Sharing innovative policy experiences in the South; ii) Supporting capacity building of policymakers, development practitioners and UN specialists through a series of training programmes; iii) Hosting government representatives and scholars from developing countries; iv) Organising Study Tours; v) Networking with governments in the South.

Areas of Work

Area 1: Social Protection

  • Design and Impact Evaluations of Social Protection Programmes in Developing Countries;
  • Analysis of Food Security and Support for Smallholder Farmers.

Area 2: Population and Social Policies

  • Human Settlement, Social Groups and Equity;
  • Living Standards and M&E of Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Area 3: South-South Learning – Knowledge Management and Sharing

  • Organization of Study Visits and International Seminars on South-South Learning;
  • Development of National Evaluation Capacities;
  • Online Platforms and Forums;
  • Engagement and advocacy strategies;
  • Internship and Fellowship programmes.

Ongoing Projects

For over 10 years, the Centre has been working to meet the requests of countries of the South, as well as developing and providing country-and-context-specific solutions frame around the three pillars: knowlede production, knowledge sharing and capacity building.. Solutions have been developed together with policymakers and experts, empowering and strengthening both human and institutional capacities and resources.   The ongoing projects are listed below:

Social Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway – socialprotection.org – the free, online platform socialprotection.org is an unbranded, interactive online hub which hosts contributions from individuals, multi- and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organisations, researcher centres, academia and government bodies to foster South-South learning on social protection. Donor: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Government of Australia, and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ); Partners: Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B); DFAT and GIZ.

Brasil & África: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South South Cooperation (Outcome 1) – this project aims to promote knowledge and learning sharing on social protection issues between Brazil and African low-income countries, helping to reduce poverty in Africa. Donor: British Department for International Development (DFID); Partners: Brazil’s Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and UNDP.

Brasil & Africa: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South South Cooperation (Outcome 2) – this project aims to improve monitoring and evaluation of social policies in Mozambique, as a result of technical capacity development. The Centre works with the most prestigious university in Mozambique, the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in order to achieve this outcome. Donor: British Department for International Development (DFID); Partners: UEM

Increasing Literacy Rates in the city of Maceió, Brazil – the project provides support for the Brazilian northeastern city to adopt a strategy based on evidence to increase literacy. Donor: UNDP Brazil; Partners: UNDP Brazil, Government of Maceió and Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea).

Country Strategic Position Papers for Brazil – the project will diagnose and evaluate the main determinants of rural poverty, the state of fiscal policies and rural development, as well as the consequences of climate change in Brazil, focusing on rural growth in the North and Northeast regions of the country. Donor: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Partners: IFAD, Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and UNDP Brazil.

Promoting Local Food Purchases for Food Assistance on the African Continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa) – the project aims to implement the monitoring and to support the evaluation of the PAA Africa project. Donor: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP); Partners: PAA Africa, WFP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),   Government of Brazil (CGFome).

Support to the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty – WWP – The IPC-IG is a co-founder of the WWP. Donor: World Bank Group (WB); Partners: WB, Brazil’s Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) and Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea). 

UNDP Publications – Under this project, the Centre will produce publications to promote the policy dialogue on sustainable development and biodiversity. Donor: UNDP Brazil; Partners: UNDP Brazil.

South-South Learning and Knowledge Sharing on Social Protection – this project aims to improve, maintain and  develop further knowledge material for the online platform dedicated to social protection themes socialprotection.org. Donor: German Cooperation Agency (GIZ); Partners: GIZ and UNDP

Production of Knowledge Products to disseminate Public Policies for Family Farming in the Global South.

 For more information on our projects, read IPC-IG 2015 Activity Report here



Ever since its creation in 2004, the IPC-IG has disseminated over 1.293 policy-oriented research publications that provide useful insights on various issues related to inclusive growth strategies.
It has established and consolidated a global network that covers 189 countries and reaches out to over 37,000 selected stakeholders working in areas related to its thematic focus at government level and in academia, the United Nations and civil society organisations. IPC-IG’s training sessions, workshops and study tours have already involved more than 7,000 representatives of around 50 developing countries
Updated: June/2016