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.

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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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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

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EuropeAid - Assistance in Social Transfers

The European Commission's Advisory Service in Social Transfers' project (ASiST) aims to increase the contribution of social transfers to addressing food and nutrition security. The project gives advisory services as requested by EU delegations. These services include building capacity for the design of social transfer programmes, developing a body of knowledge and supporting the policy dialogue. 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

Beneficiary and service providers’ perceptions assessment of the Integrated Nutrition and Social Cash Transfer (IN-SCT) Pilot, Ethiopia

The Centre for Social Protection at IDS, in collaboration with Rebret Business and Consultancy, has been asked by UNICEF Ethiopia to undertake a study assessing beneficiary and service provider perceptions and feedback of the Integrated Nutrition – Social Cash Transfer (IN-SCT) pilot in Ethiopia. This represents a qualitative study focusing on programme implementation and impact, particularly focusing on nutrition. More details

Set of Studies on Social Protection in Low- and Middle-Income Countries with Special Focus on Ghana

The Centre for Social Protection at IDS, UNICEF Office of Research, UNICEF Ghana and the University of Ghana are collaborating on a set of joint papers tackling topical issues in social protection. These include urban social protection, social accountability and citizenship and ‘cash plus’ models. More details

Research and 'Think Piece' on Opportunities for WFP Engagement in the Global Social Protection Arena

The WFP has contracted IDS to develop a think-piece examining the nexus of food security, nutrition and safety nets and social protection that will support the Safety Nets and Social Protection unit take shape and that will refine the areas of WFP’s corporate and global engagement. This will build on the work of the High Level Panel of Experts on Social Protection for Food Security. More details

Designing a Grievance Mechanism and Exit Strategy for Zimbabwe's Harmonized Social Cash Transfer Programme

In 2011 the Ministry of Public Services, Labor and Social Welfare, Government of Zimbabwe (MPSLSW) launched a social cash transfer programme, known as the Harmonised Social Cash transfer (HSCT) for labour constrained extremely poor households. The Centre for Social Protection has been commissioned to design a grievance mechanism and an options paper for responsible exit of the HSCT. More details

Save the Children: How can social protection better respond to child poverty in Nepal?

Nepal has expanded its investment in social protection over the last few years, with a National Framework for Social Protection drafted in 2011. However, the impact of social protection generally and on children is compromised by challenges in coverage, implementation and delivery. Save the Children commissioned IDS to assess how social protection addresses child poverty in Nepal in order to inform their advocacy at the national level. 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

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

Scoping Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa

The Cairo Regional Bureau of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex conducted a scoping study of social protection programmes in the Middle East and North Africa region. More details

Social Cash Transfer Programme Zambia

To develop an innovative methodology that rigorously engages with the views, experiences and perceptions of cash transfer programme beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, and also explores the wider social and political impacts of social cash transfer programmes. More details

Changes in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in East Africa: Evidence, Synthesis and Data Mapping

IDS have been commissioned by DfID to draw from the relevant literature and datasets on poverty, vulnerability, livelihoods and resilience in the ASALs to identify priority, long-term evidence-gaps, and make recommendations on research and data collection approaches and methodologies. More details

High 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

Technical Assistance for the Development of Social Protection Strategy in Swaziland

In November 2012, UNDP, UNICEF and WFP organised a high-level social protection policy dialogue with the Government of Swaziland and other development partners. Subsequently, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) appointed a technical committee to develop a Joint UN Programme for Social Protection in Swaziland. The ultimate objective of the national dialogue was to generate background material towards developing a draft national policy and strategy on social protection. 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

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

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

Impact Evaluation for the UNICEF SCT Project in Oromia and SNNPR

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is collaborating with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to conduct an impact evaluation of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme in Oromia and SNNP Regions of Ethiopia for UNICEF Ethiopia. More details

Enhancing the Productive Capacity of Extremely Poor People in Rwanda - Evaluation

IDS led the evaluation of the Concern Worldwide graduation programme in Rwanda ‘Enhancing the Productive Capacity of Extremely Poor People’. More details

Understanding the Social Protection Implications of Changing Demographics in Rwanda

In order to inform discussions of social protection policy options in the short-, medium-, and long-term, this study collected and analysed both quantitative and qualitative data on the experiences of older people in Rwanda, along with the wider literature and evidence base from the region and beyond. It also undertook a detailed policy simulation exercise to assess both the needs of older people and the impact of policy options. More details

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The Mobility Patterns of Rural-Urban Migrants and their Social Protection in China: Beyond the Extension of Urban-based Approaches

CSP Research Report 01 (2011)

Although security of residence is central to the social policy agenda in most developed countries, it has not been a prominent concern is most developing countries in recent years. In countries such as Pakistan, urban planning is skewed in favour of housing for the rich and the middle classes. More details

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Documentation of Child and HIV Sensitive Social Protection in the Eastern and Southern African Region

This discussion paper is structured as follows: we introduce the concepts of child and HIV sensitive social protection and aim to clarify and link them in terms of underlying rationale and implementation. More details

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Are Conditions Pro-Women? A Case Study of a Conditional Cash Transfer in Indonesia

CSP Research Report 03 (2011)

Following the success of several South American countries, Indonesia has initiated a pilot of a conditional cash transfer programme called Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH), since 2007. More details

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Housing, Marginalisation and Mobility in Pakistan: Residential Security as Social Protection

CSP Research Report 04 (2011)

Although security of residence is central to the social policy agenda in most developed countries, it has not been a prominent concern is most developing countries in recent years. In countries such as Pakistan, urban planning is skewed in favour of housing for the rich and the middle classes. More details

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Tenure Security and Urban Social Protection in India

CSP Research Report 05 (2011)

CSP Research Report 05 - This paper is contextualised against India's forthcoming national urban housing programme, the Rajiv Awaas Yojana (RAY), the key component of which is to extend property rights to slum dwellers. More details

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India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act: Women’s Participation and Impacts in Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan

CSP Research Report 06 (2011)

This report explores the complex reasons why women's participation in the scheme varies significantly across and within states, and suggests improvements that could maximise impact. More details

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Caring for One Billion: Assessing the New Social Protection Programmes in Rural China

CSP Research Report 07 (2011)

The overall goal of this report is to understand the progress in implementing the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) in China, while seeking to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the programme and, in particular, to understand its effects on the incidence of catastrophic medical payment for farmers and on the operation and use of village health clinics. More details

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Social Protection for Rural-Urban Migrants in Vietnam: Current situation, Challenges and Opportunities

CSP Research Report 08 (2011)

This report discusses how the lack of adequate policies and institutional programmes of social protection for migrants in general, and the residence-based nature of the current social policy framework in particular, create multiple vulnerabilities and social exclusion among rural-urban migrants in Vietnam. More details

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Institutions and Innovations in the Implementation Process of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

CSP Research Report 09 (2011)

Based on a study of three states, this report identifies the institutional arrangements and political and administrative initiatives that have made a difference to states' implementation of MGNREGA. More details

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New Pathways for the Poorest: the Graduation Model from BRAC

CSP Research Report 10 (2011)

The poorest, chronically food insecure households, with irregular incomes and little or no assets are often excluded from development interventions including microcredit. When they do receive assistance they are rarely able to improve their conditions enough to maintain long-term sustainable livelihoods. More details

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The Breadth of Child Poverty in Europe: An Investigation into Overlap and Accumulation of Deprivations

UNICEF Innocenti Working Paper 2011-04 (2011)

Recent years have witnessed widespread acknowledgement in both academic and policy circles that children deserve a special focus in poverty measurement. More details

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The Impact of Natural Disasters on the Social Protection System: Empirical Evidence from the Wenchuan Earthquake

CSP Research Report 11 (2011)

The enormous Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 caused great damage not just to the local population, but to the local officials and social protection organisations that were supposed to administer the relief effort and coordinate reconstruction. More details

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Class, Caste and Housing in Rural Punjab – The Untold Story of the Marla Schemes

CSP Research Report 12 (2011)

This paper presents primary evidence from qualitative research in a number of villages in central Punjab to illustrate the continuing salience of the class-caste conjunction in rural housing and the impact of the Marla Scheme. More details

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Social Protection in Pakistan: in the Midst of a Paradigm Shift?

CSP Research Report 13 (2011)

There was a several-fold increase in fiscal allocations for social protection in Pakistan in 2008. This coincided with a change of government and heightened public concerns about the adverse poverty impacts of an economic crisis. More details

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Influencing Policy: Experiences from the Social Protection in Asia Research Programme

CSP Policy Brief 01 (2011)

Social Protection in Asia (SPA) is a policy-research and network-building programme that has supported research on social protection policies and interventions in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India from 2007 to 2010. More details

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The Role of Community Support for the Rural Aged During the Transition in China

CSP Research Report 02 (2011)

This study examines the potential for rural communities to generate and allocate resources for rural old age support in the context of decreasing family resources and inadequate state provision. More details

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Monitoring Child Well-being in the European Union: Measuring Cumulative Deprivation

UNICEF Innocenti Working Paper No. 2011-03 (2011)

This paper describes and empirically tests a number of candidate measures of cumulative deprivation to monitor child well-being in the EU. More details

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Social protection in Asia: Research findings and policy lessons

This is a synthesis report from the Social Protection in Asia (SPA) policy-research and network-building programme, 2007-2010, funded by the Ford Foundation and IDRC. It presents research findings and draws out policy lessons from the 11 research projects. More details

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Transformative Graduation?

04 Feb 2013
By Stephen Devereux

Social protection: asking too much of the individual?

05 Dec 2012
By Keetie Roelen, Martina Ulrichs
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