Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 86 - June, 2019

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the new edition of the Inclusive Growth Bulletin!

Mid-year is upon us! Let's celebrate with a new batch of studies on social protection and economic empowerment programmes, freshly released by the IPC-IG.


In the Working Paper "The Impacts of social protection benefits on behaviours potentially related to economic growth: a literature review", authors Luis Henrique Paiva and Santiago Falluh Varella surveyed the empirical literature about the effects of contributory and non-contributory social protection benefits on a set of microeconomic behaviours that are potentially related to economic growth: consumption and saving; labour supply; education; fertility; migration; and innovation and risk-taking.

This publication is available in English and a companion One Pager is available in Arabic, English and Portuguese.

In the One Pager "What makes economic empowerment programmes successful? Experimental evidence from Malawi", Francesco Burchi and Christoph Strupat (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik DIE—German Development Institute) present the results of the Tingathe Economic Empowerment Pilot Project (EEP) in Malawi, which targets ultra-poor and labour-constrained households that are already beneficiaries of the countrywide social cash transfer programme. This study is available in English and in Portuguese.

News translations

The Report "Evaluation of the Coverage and Benefit Incidences of Food Fortification in Mozambique" and its Executive Summary has been translated into Portuguese. Previously, both publications were released in English.

The One Pager "Fiscal justice in Brazil: taxation as an instrument for equality", by Luana Passos (Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF) is now available in Arabic, after having previously been released in English and Portuguese.

Now also available in Arabic is the One Pager '"How can cash transfer programmes work for women and children?", by Charlotte Bilo, Anne Esser and Raquel Tebaldi (IPC-IG). It had originally been released in English and Portuguese.

The article "Integration of administrative records for social protection policies: contributions from the Brazilian experience", by Letícia Bartholo (Institute for Applied Economic Research, Ipea) and IPC-IG, Joana Mostafa (Ipea), and Rafael Guerreiro Osorio (Ipea and IPC-IG) is now available in Arabic and Portuguese. Previously, it was released in English and French.

Finally, the One Pager "Land credit policy in Brazil: evidence from social networks", by Patricia Andrade de Oliveira e Silva (University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and Ipea), and Marcelo Marques de Magalhães, (São Paulo State University, UNESP) is available in Spanish, following its release in English and Portuguese.

See our full list of publications here.

South-South Dialogue

Upcoming livestream on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean

Our partners and colleagues at the platform will livestream the morning sessions of the First Regional Symposium on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in the Caribbean, to be held on 27 June.

Organised by the World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the Government of Turks and Caicos Islands, the event will explore issues, options and best practices for building regional resilience in the face of existing hazards. Check the livestream schedule here.

Lecture on the Bolsa Família Programme

On 31 May, the Centre hosted a lecture by Thiago Varanda Barbosa, an economist with the Brazilian Ministry of Citizenship, presenting the results of a study on how the Bolsa Família conditional cash transfer programme is researched in the scientific and international academic community. A total of 108 articles from foreign and Brazilian researchers, published by international institutions, were selected and categorised from a universe of 550. The main motivators for research on Bolsa Família and Brazilian social policies are impact analysis and mapping of good practices. You can find what we have previously published on Bolsa Família here.

Lecture on poverty and living standards

The IPC-IG also hosted a lecture by Dr. Marco Pomati, from Cardiff University, on measuring poverty and living standards, on 25 April. His presentation focused on the measurement of both objective and subjective indicators using large, nationally-representative surveys. These range from his work in the construction of an EU-wide measure of material deprivation, which was recently adopted by EUROSTAT for the monitoring of poverty and social exclusion across all member states and has been applied to a range of other countries, including South Africa and Uganda, to his more recent project on the evolution of subjective living standards in the UK before and after the recession.


Social protection mission to Bahia

Our senior research coordinator, Diana Sawyer, and researcher Mariana Hoffmann met last week with staff from the Social and Citizen Development Department of the municipality of Lauro de Freitas, in the state of Bahia, headed by Secretary Huldaci Santana.

IPC-IG researchers Tamara Santos and José Henrique Silva also visited the municipalities of Salvador, Santo Amaro and Santo Estevão to learn more about local social protection programmes and facilities. This inception mission to Salvador and the metropolitan region is part of the Project for Strengthening Social Protection Policies in Bahia, a partnership between UNDP Brazil and the Government of Bahia.

Internship programme at IPC-IG

We are also accepting applications from outstanding students for our 2019 Internship Programme. Requirements and information on how to apply are available here.