Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 84 - April, 2019












Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin!

The second quarter of the year is already upon us, so let’s seize April with a new batch of IPC-IG publications and up-to-date information on the Centre’s recent activities.


The reduction of rural poverty is both urgent and necessary for societies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it is intertwined with global challenges, from climate change effects to global food supply provision and gender equity. This is one of the main conclusions of the new issue of the Policy in Focus magazine: “Rural poverty reduction in the 21st century”.

Featuring specialist guest editors Ryan Nehring (Cornell University) and Ana Paula de O Campos (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations—FAO), the issue presents 14 articles with a wide range of perspectives from authors ranging from international organisations to academia. Read more here.

This new issue of the Policy in Focus magazine is available as a free download in English, in .PDF and smartphone/tablet-friendly formats.

The IPC-IG Research Report "Evaluation of the Coverage and Benefit Incidences of Food Fortification in Mozambique" features an assessment of the coverage of the National Food Fortification Programme (NFFP) in Mozambique, regarding  iron-fortified wheat and maize flours and vitamin A-fortified sugar and vegetable oil, as well as the benefit reach across population groups. The main sources for the analysis are a population-based cross-sectional household survey and laboratory tests to determine nutrient intake in food samples collected at households. 

This study was conducted with EU funding, provided through the MDG1c initiative "Support to Accelerate the Progress Towards MDG1c in Mozambique".

This report is available as a free download in English, in .PDF and smartphone/tablet-friendly formats. An Executive Summary is also available. A companion One Pager is available in English and Portuguese.

In the Working Paper "A universal child grant in Brazil: What must we do, and what can we expect from it?", authors Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares, Graziela Ansiliero, Aline Diniz Amaral, Pedro H. G. Ferreira de Souza and Luis Henrique Paiva (Institute for Applied Economic Research—Ipea) provide the foundations for a universal child grant in Brazil, discussing the rationale behind the proposal, its design, operational set-up, cost projections, and some of its distributive aspects. The proposed grant is based on the unification of the three current child allowances in the country.

The study is available in English and a companion One Pager is available in English and Portuguese.

Finally, the Executive Summary of the recently-launched Research Report: “Building Shock-Responsive National Social Protection Systems in the MENA Region” is now available in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. It provides an assessment of opportunities and challenges for shock-responsive social protection in the region and was produced under the scope of a project carried out between the IPC-IG and UNICEF MENARO to support knowledge production and policy analysis related to social protection. The Executive Summary is available in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.

Previously released studies include: “Children’s Right to Social Protection in the MENA Region—an Analysis of Legal Frameworks from a Child Rights Perspective”; "Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in the MENA region though a child and equity lens”; and the One Pager series: "Overview of non-contributory social protection programmes in 20 countries of the MENA regions though a child and equity lens.” Find them all here, sorted by language: Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.

See our full list of publications here.

South-South Dialogue

Heading to the CoP in Madagascar

The IPC-IG will join a team of experts in Madagascar, from 22 to 26 April, for the meeting of the Francophone Community of Practice (CoP) on cash transfer programmes. Researcher Raquel Tebaldi will deliver a presentation of the accompanying measures for cash transfer programmes in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.

Transfer Project Workshop in Tanzania

The IPC-IG was honoured to participate in the Transfer Project Workshop, held in Arusha, from 2 to 4 April, where researchers and policymakers gathered to discuss evidence for social protection policies in sub-Saharan Africa. IPC-IG Senior Research Coordinator Fábio Veras delivered the presentation "Graduation from Poverty versus Graduating from Social Protection – Setting the Scene and Discussing the Evidence". The Transfer Project is a partnership between UNICEF, FAO, UNC Chapel Hill, national governments and local research partners.

IPC-IG at the BAPA+40 Conference

Our Senior Project Officer Mariana Balboni participated in the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA +40), held in Buenos Aires from 20-22 March 2019. Learn more about our work here.


Upcoming webinar on

Our colleagues and partners at the platform are hosting the webinar “Promoting Early Childhood Development Through Combining Cash Transfers and Parenting Programs”, on 9 May.

It is being organised by the World Bank Group and the Government of Japan. Register for free here. is hosted and developed by the IPC-IG.

Lecture on social protection for future Brazilian diplomats

Our Senior Research Coordinator and Ipea Researcher Sergei Soares delivered a class on social protection policy and programmes for a class of future Brazilian diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) and officials from international governments, on 10 April.

Job opportunities and Internship programme at IPC-IG

Would like to work with us? We are hiring: Travel and Executive Assistant; Researcher - Demography and Statistical Methods; Researcher - Social Protection; Research Assistant; Knowledge Management Senior Assistant; and Senior Project Officer.

We are also accepting applications from outstanding students for our 2019 Internship Programme. Requirements and information on how to apply are available here. Help us spread the word!