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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.

Sign-up to our Social Protection e-newsletter.

The CSP produces a quarterly e-newsletter which focuses on social protection research and provides useful resources including relevant publications, events, vacancies and contacts. To subscribe to the newsletter or to contact us for more information email socialprotection@ids.ac.uk

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

Impact of the Economic Crisis on women and children in Zambia

The Government of Zambia has initiated a study to look at the affects of the financial crisis on women and children in Zambia. 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 Well-Being in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan UNICEF are embarking on new child well-being research to better understand the vulnerabilities that children experience in this country. UNICEF has partnered with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and with the Institute of Development Studies to undertake this research. More details

Technical Assistance to Support UNICEF and the Government of Chad to Develop and Implement Social Protection in Chad

The need for social protection is especially urgent in chronically food insecure countries and in countries affected by climate change. Funded by UNICEF Chad, the objective is to support the Government of Chad to develop a national social protection strategy. 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

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Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar: Zanzibar Social Protection Policy

This policy report offers an in-depth analysis of the Zanzibar Social Protection Policy, as well as mapping poverty and vulnerability on the island. More details

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Towards Gender Equality with Care-sensitive Social Protection

Unpaid care work and social protection are intrinsically linked. In order to address this challenge, policies must recognise the value of women’s work, shift the burden of care work away from women and families and improve access to the vital services that will help improve women and girls’ wellbeing. More details

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Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes

The evidence base on social protection programmes is expanding rapidly, largely pointing towards their positive impacts. More details

State Provision of Social Protection to International Migrants: The Relevance of Social Protection Frameworks

How relevant are social protection frameworks to understanding the provision of social protection to international migrants? More details

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Evaluating Social Protection Policies: Lessons from Brazil

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is considered a valuable mechanism for improving the quality of public policy and has become politically important for policymakers. More details

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Making the Most of Resilience

Resilience is becoming a hot topic. The increasing interest it is attracting in the development community offers an opportunity for designing and implementing more effective forms of intervention. More details

Banking on Food: The State of Food Banks in High-income Countries

Food banks provide food to charities and other grassroots organisations for supporting vulnerable populations. As such, they tend to complement more institutionalised, state-provided safety net programmes. More details

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Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Protection in Zanzibar: An Overview

This policy report reviews the status of poverty and vulnerability in Zanzibar, as well as the social protection responses. More details

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Evaluation Of The Social Cash Transfers Pilot Programme Tigray Region, Ethiopia

In 2011, the Regional Government of Tigray, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), introduced the Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (SCTPP) in two woredas, Abi Adi and Hintalo Wajirat. This report, is based on quantitative data collected at the individual, household, and tabia level in May-June 2012 and qualitative data collected using key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and participatory appraisal activities in July-August 2012. More details

Equal Opportunities for All? – A Critical Analysis of Mexico’s Oportunidades

In this paper we challenge the theory of change behind the Mexican Conditional Cash Transfer Programme Oportunidades, by questioning whether it sufficiently addresses the structural factors that prevent its poorest group of beneficiaries, indigenous people, from climbing out of poverty. More details

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Realising the Potential of Adaptive Social Protection

The concept of Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) – an approach that promotes greater integration between Social Protection, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction to make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable development – is well understood. More details

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Making Social Protection ‘Climate-Smart’

Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor people to a range of shocks and ongoing stresses through the integration of social protection (SP), climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). More details

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A Child-Sensitive Approach to Social Protection: Serving Practical and Strategic Needs

Social protection is increasingly considered a development success story. At the same time, it still does too little to account for social differentiation and to address vulnerability, as opposed to poverty. Child sensitive social protection has gained considerable momentum, particularly in a developing country context, raising questions about its concept and practical implications. More details

Group of women participating in the Productive Safety Net Programme, Ethiopia. Image credit: Mathan Ratinam/Parsons The New School for Design

The Centre for Social Protection: Transforming research and policy

This report provides a concise picture of CSP’s unique approach, key areas of work and accomplishments thus far. It aims to inform current and potential partners and stakeholders about who we are and how we work. More details

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Shocks and Social Protection in the Horn of Africa: Analysis from the Productive Safety Net Programme in Ethiopia

Using panel data from the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program, this paper explores the degree to which this social protection programme has been successful in protecting its beneficiaries against the various shocks that have affected the Horn of Africa in the recent past. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Lessons Learned and Ways Forward - Pathways to Protection – Referral Mechanisms and Case Management for Vulnerable Children in Eastern and Southern Africa

There is a need for a more comprehensive and systematic response, of which referral mechanisms and case management are crucial elements. More details

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Researching the Links Between Social Protection and Children's Care in Sub-Saharan Africa – A Concept Note

This research aims to help fill this gap by exploring the links between children’s care and social protection through an examination of these issues in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). More details

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A Stocktaking Report - Pathways to Protection – Referral Mechanisms and Case Management for Vulnerable Children in Eastern and Southern Africa

Momentum is growing around the awareness that services for children need to be linked up and respond to each other. Referral mechanisms and case management are key to linking such services and strengthening systems for children. More details

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Lessons from Social Protection Programme Implementation in Kenya, Zambia and Mongolia (Research Summary)

This Research Report (conducted by the Centre for Social Protection at IDS with UNICEF) examines how social protection programming can interrupt the intergenerational transfer of poverty (IGT) through investments in human capital (education, health and nutrition), aiming to capture best practice and enhance lesson learning within a multilateral organisation (UNICEF). More details

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