Centre for Social Protection

The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) supports a global network of partners working to mainstream social protection in development policy and encourage social protection systems and instruments that are comprehensive, long-term, sustainable and pro-poor.

We produce research on conceptual approaches; design issues, including delivery, targeting and affordability; and impacts of different social protection initiatives.

On these pages you will be able to access publications, resources, project and training information by some of the leading thinkers and practitioners on social protection from around the world, focusing on a number of CSP research themes including: Climate Change Adaptation; Conflict, Food Security and Agriculture, Health, Microfinance, Migration.

The CSP is also the home of the Adaptive Social Protection programme.

What is Social Protection?

Mark Davies from the Centre explains what social protection is and how it can make a difference to the lives of poor people.

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A Study of Effective Referral Mechanisms to Strengthen Child and Social Protection in ESAR

It is now widely recognized that a response to vulnerable children, including children affected by HIV, needs to be coherent and inclusive. More details

Accelerating Progress in Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition

This programme will focus on how agriculture can deliver better nutrition outcomes by developing evidence-based policy options and tools for businesses, governments, NGOs and donors. More details

Burundi Graduation Programme Evaluation

In December 2012, Concern Burundi launched its 'Graduation Model Programme' in two provinces in Burundi to work with extremely poor and marginalised communities. More details

Child Vulnerability Assessment, UNICEF Myanmar

IDS has been commissioned to analyse the most recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) data and write a report on child vulnerability, which can be utilized for evidence based programming and advocacy to improve children's status in Myanmar. More details

CSP Conference April 2011: Social Protection for Social Justice

The Centre for Social Protection hosted a conference titled ‘Social Protection for Social Justice’ at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton, 13-15 April 2011. More details

Development of a Social Protection Strategy for Pakistan

The objective of this work was to assist the GoP with developing a national social protection strategy, involving public and private initiatives that can contribute, both directly and indirectly, to growth, poverty reduction and human security in Pakistan. More details

Evaluation of Social Cash Transfer Pilot Programme (SCTPP) in Tigray, Ethiopia

IFPRI and IDS have been commissioned by UNICEF Ethiopia to undertake an evaluation of the SCTPP. The evaluation will use both quantitative and qualitative methods and will be undertaken across two rounds in 2012 and 2014. More details

Higher Level Panel of Experts Report on Social Protection and Food Security

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) requested the HLPE to produce a report, to be presented at the 39th Session of the CFS, a study on social protection and food security. More details


Imp-Act is a global Consortium of organisations committed to making microfinance work for the poor and excluded. More details

Lessons from Social Protection Programme Implementation

Research from the Centre for Social Protection and UNICEF shows how successful social protection programmes are built More details

Productive Safety Net Programme, Ethiopia

Since 2003, the Government of Ethiopia has been implementing a new Food Security Programme (FSP). In 2009, this programme was reviewed and reformulated. More details

Researching the Links between Social Protection and Children’s Care

This project aims to investigate the links between social protection and children's care. More details

Researching the Links Between Social Protection and Children's Care

The EveryChild Coalition on Children Without Parental Care, and the Centre of Social Protection at IDS are planning joint research on the links between social protection and children's care. More details

Social Cash Transfer Programme Zambia

The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at IDS are currently working on this large scale study, which provides an opportunity to carry out work systematically on under-researched aspects of social protection delivery and impact. More details

Study on Child Wellbeing in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan UNICEF are embarking on new child wellbeing research to better understand the vulnerabilities that children experience in this country. More details

Voices of the Vulnerable

IDS were commissioned by the UN to carry out background research to produce the UN Secretary-General's second report on the impacts of the ongoing economic crisis on vulnerable populations in developing countries. More details

Where next for social protection?

This project will examine the future of social protection and the major issues and debates that are likely to dominate thinking around these issues in the next 5-10 years. More details

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