Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 87 - August, 2019
This month, we bring you two new studies on social protection, published in partnership with the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO) and UNICEF Sudan. On the 2030 Agenda, we present an innovative study discussing tiers in the reporting of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to national contexts. We also present four new translations of our studies on cash transfers, women’s empowerment, and smallholder farming.
Keep up with our projects’ latest updates and prepare for the Centre’s upcoming events!
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The new Research Report “Fiscal space for child-sensitive social protection in the MENA region” is the fourth in a series of four knowledge products about non-contributory social protection in the MENA region, one of the outcomes of a partnership between the IPC-IG and the UNICEF MENARO. 
IPC-IG Senior Research Coordinators Rafael Guerreiro Osorio and Fábio Veras Soares, and IPC-IG Researchers Carolina Bloch, Charlotte Bilo and Imane Helmy explore how MENA countries can expand financing of child-sensitive social protection programmes by reprogramming public expenditures and implementing fiscal reforms to mobilise domestic resources more efficiently, providing a visual representation of each country’s aggregate fiscal space through fiscal space diamonds.
An Executive Summary is also available in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. A companion One Pager by Carolina Bloch is available in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.
Given that the SDGs apply universally to all countries (developed, developing and least developed), it is crucial to adapt indicators to distinct national contexts. Amina Said Alsayyad (Al-Azhar University) and Abdel-Hameed Hamdy Nawar (Cairo University) discuss how different countries can better describe their SDG achievement progress in the One Pager “Country heterogeneity and the missing tier in the SDGs reporting”. This study is also available in Arabic, French and Portuguese
The Joint Publication “Social Protection Workshop” aims to summarise the main activities and outcomes of the workshop held by the IPC-IG and UNICEF Sudan in 26 October 2018. The event was organised to support the partnership between the two institutions, which are working together to assist the government in scaling up Sudan’s social protection initiatives. This publication is also available in Arabic.
News translations
The One Pager “Regional perspectives of family farming”, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), is now available in French and Spanish. It was originally released in English.
The One Pager “Women's economic empowerment programmes: towards a 'double boon' instead of drudgery and depletion”, by Deepta Chopra, has been translated into Arabic. Previously, it was available in English and Portuguese.
Now available in Arabic, the One Pager “Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Programme”, by Pedro Lara de Arruda (IPC-IG), was originally released in English and Portuguese.
The One Pager “Public food procurement and the support of smallholder farming: the importance of a conducive regulatory framework”, by Luana F. J. Swensson, has been translated into Portuguese. It was originally published in English.
See IPC-IG's publications here.

From 14 July to 23 August, IPC-IG Researcher Pedro Lara de Arruda will participate in a scoping mission across several countries in South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan) to gather new experiences and best practices from their respective UNICEF country offices. The aim is to meet focal points, specialists from local governments and other partners to identify opportunities to build new partnerships and develop joint projects. From 03 to 23 August, IPC-IG Senior Research Coordinator, Rafael Osorio, will join Mr. Arruda in India and Afghanistan. 

On 18 July, Rafael Osorio, and IPC-IG Researchers Anna Carolina Machado, Charlotte Bilo and Nicolo Bird held a meeting with colleagues from UNICEF MENARO to present the Centre’s joint projects and activities to their new Regional Director for Social Policy, Mr. Samman Thapa. They also discussed the current activities related to the IPC-IG´s technical support to UNICEF Sudan’s Country Office. 

On 9 August, the IPC-IG delivered a midline report in support of the monitoring and evaluation activities of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Villages, implemented in partnership with Rio’s Municipal Subsecretariat of Sports and Leisure (SUBEL) and Nike. This is the fourth and final expected outcome of the project, intended to analyse indicators and track progress. The report assesses the performance of 19 Olympic Villages against the project’s targets in 2015 (baseline phase), 2016 and 2018. Nike’s intervention is based on expanding and improving the existing infrastructure of public spaces that are funded and managed by the municipal government. The programme consists of providing training for sports teachers, to improve the quality of classes from 2016 to 2020.

Webinar: Social protection and social security
On 29 August, 14:00 (GMT+2), the platform will host the third webinar of our USP2030 series. This session will discuss current and future challenges, risks, innovation and opportunities related to social security, providing specific examples in low- and middle-income countries.
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We are accepting technical and financial proposals from individual consultants to provide translation and proofreading services for the IPC-IG. The deadline is 14 August. Find out how to apply here.

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