Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 100 - October 2020
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Welcome to the October edition of our Inclusive Growth Bulletin! This issue presents a new publication on the role of social protection in young people's transition to work in the Middle East and North Africa and a new study on the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in South Asia. This month also marks the end of two of the IPC-IG´s initiatives: the webinar series "Social Protection in South Asia — the landscape before COVID-19, a snapshot into responses to the crisis and the paths ahead" and the “Social protection in times of COVID-19” task-force. Enjoy your reading!

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During the first half of this century, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will have the working-age population with good health, quality education, decent employment and a lower proportion of young dependents.  In this conext, it is necessary to ensure that an enabling environment is in place for promoting young people’s transition to work (YPTW). The Research Report "The role of social protection in young people’s transition to work in the Middle East and North Africa" discusses this subject. The publication is the result of a partnership with the UNICEF MENARO. An Executive Summary is available in English and Portuguese and an One Pager can be found in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Portuguese


By the end of August 2020, South Asia was still struggling with the COVID-19 health crisis. The Research Report "Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, policy responses and the missing middle in South Asia", documents the ongoing policy responses to the pandemic and lessons learned for the future of social protection in the region. It discusses the epidemiological evolution of the disease and the containment measures adopted, its effects on the economy and livelihoods and the monetary and fiscal responses enacted by governments in the region, highlighting the challenges involved in reaching the ‘missing middle': workers who are covered neither by social assistance nor by social insurance. An Executive Summary is also available. 


The IPC-IG delivers a strategic, tactical and operational plan for the Social Assistance Plan of the state of Bahia (PEAS)

Last September, the IPC-IG delivered the fourth product of the project “Strengthening Social Protection Policies in Bahia” that aims to develop a strategy for the planning and management of the Unified Social Assistance System of the Government of Bahia. The strategic, tactical and operational plan explains the strategies and tactics that emerged from the discussions with the instances of social control of the policy of social assistance (PAS) and from the debate with state and municipal managers, technicians and representatives of workers and users organizations. By the end of the year, it is expected that the Centre will also finalize the proposal of PEAS).

The IPC-IG interviews judges and principals of Brazil’s judicial schools

Since July 2020, around 35 interviews have been conducted with judges and principals of judicial schools in four regions of Brazil’s Superior Labour Court: Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Paraná. The interviews sought to understand the judges' perceptions regarding the education offered by the Schools. Amazonas and Piauí are the next regions on the agenda.

These conversations are part of a joint cooperation project between UNDP Brazil and the Brazilian National School for the Formation and Improvement of Labour Magistrates (Escola Nacional de Formação e Aperfeiçoamento de Magistrados do Trabalho—ENAMAT) of the Superior Labour Court (Tribunal Superior do Trabalho—TST). The research aims to understand the current state of judicial education, fifteen years after Constitutional Amendment 45 was enacted, which established the creation of judicial schools.

By the end of the year, a database with the findings of the interviews and a final report of the qualitative research will be delivered. 

The webinar series on social protection in South Asia comes to an end

On 22 October 2020, the last session of the webinar series "Social protection in South Asia - the landscape before COVID-19, a snapshot into responses to the crisis and the paths ahead" was delivered, organised by the IPC-IG and UNICEF´s Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) and hosted by the platform. It discussed a broad set of features, ranging from social expenditure profiles, legal frameworks for child-sensitive social protection, the design of flagship initiatives and how child and gender-sensitive they are. It also surveyed the main COVID-19 responses in the region.

The series is part of a larger project developed by the IPC-IG and UNICEF ROSA and introduced the main findings of the initiative´s five comparative studies, which provide an in-depth analysis of the region’s social protection landscape. The studies were then discussed from a regional and comparative perspective. The series later presented in-depth, country-specific policy takeaways and social protection trends before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each webinar provided novel insights into the characteristics of social protection in the region’s various countries and presented key takeaways for policymakers in South Asia and beyond to design effective, efficient, and well-informed policies. 

If you missed any of the sessions, access this link.


IPC-IG participated in a global e-conference on the future of social protection

Anna Carolina Machado (IPC-IG) delivering a presentation during Regional Discussion 3: Insights from Latin America and the Caribbean.

From 5 to 8 October 2020, IPC-IG researchers joined various other leading experts in the global e-conference "Turning the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity: What’s next for social protection?", speaking on opening and closing panels and participating in regional and expert panel discussions.

Among the main IPC-IG´s activities in the event are: presenting extensive mapping of social protection responses to COVID-19 taken in countries from Asia and the Pacific, North Africa and the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean; participating in the UNICEF ROSA virtual booth Technical assistance papers to inform early social protection responses to COVID-19 in South Asia,  and moderating the Expert Panel Discussion 2: Implications Of The Covid-19 Crisis For Universal Social Protection. Besides that, the IPC-IG was also part of the Steering Committee of the event. Learn more and watch the recordings here.

The “Social protection responses to COVID-19” task force comes to an end

In March 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the IPC-IG joined forces with the platform, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia to create the initiative Social protection responses to COVID-19. 

The goal of the task force was to disseminate information and promote discussions on how social protection systems and measures are being used worldwide to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. It resulted in 23 issues of special newsletter titled “Social protection in times of #COVID19”, 32 sessions in the webinar series and an Online Community (OC). Now the initiative has come to an end. Learn more, access the content gathered in the last months and watch a video about the task force here.

French edition of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin to be discontinued

For the past five years, the IPC-IG has been releasing a French edition of its Inclusive Growth Bulletin every other month. Due to technical challenges related to the Centre’s new website, to be launched soon, and to the small number of subscribers, we have decided to discontinue this version. As such, we would like to inform you that the present issue (October 2020) will be the last one translated into French. We kindly ask the current subscribers of this language to sign up to receive information from the the IPC-IG in English and Portuguese in order to continue receiving our bulletin. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you again soon!