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Keetie Roelen - Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Dr Keetie Roelen is a Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Protection. She is a development economist by training and current research interests include the dynamics of (child) poverty, social protection and the linkages between child protection and social protection.

Keetie has worked with many international organisations such as UNICEF, FAO and Concern Worldwide, performing research and policy advice work in South East Asia, Southern and Eastern Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. She has quantitative and qualitative research skills and has designed and delivered lectures and training courses for Masters students, professionals, practitioners and policy makers. Her work has been published in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, working papers and project reports.

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.

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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.

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This project examines the impact of the rise of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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The 27-month 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities.

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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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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.

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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.

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Tomorrow Today is a horizon scanning programme designed to support the preliminary but systematic exploration of new and emergent policy issues.

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

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This proposed research responds to these concerns by using monetary and non-monetary measures to analyse child poverty dynamics, assessing overlaps and mismatches between those measures and investigating reasons for potential differences

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Bridging the Gap: Synthesising Evidence from Secondary Quantitative and Primary Qualitative Data

CDI Practice Paper 15 (2016)

There is widespread recognition that mixed-methods approaches are a ‘platinum standard’ in research and evaluation and that the expanding availability of secondary quantitative data creates unprecedented opportunities for studying poverty and evaluating poverty reduction programmes. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Improving Social Protection's Response to Child Poverty and Vulnerability in Nepal - Report

Save the Children Report (2016)

This report aims to assess to what extent social protection in Nepal addresses child poverty and vulnerability and can be considered to be 'child-sensitive', and how it can be strengthened to further improve children's lives. More details

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Researching the Linkages Between Social Protection and Children's Care in South Africa

This research investigates the impact of the Child Support and Foster Child grants in South Africa on children's care. It examines the effect of these grants on the quality of children's care and on decisions about who will provide care to children. It also explores implementation issues regarding both grants and proposes options for making support more effective and efficient. More details

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Cash for Care: Making Social Protection Work for Children’s Care and Well-being

The aim of this research is to start to fill knowledge gaps on the linkages between social protection and children's care through primary qualitative research on government implemented social protection programmes in three Sub-Saharan African countries: Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa. More details

IDS publications on international development research

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

The International Food Policy Research Institute, together with its collaborators, the Institute of Development Studies and the Department of Economics, Mekelle University, has produced this fourth report on the evaluation of the Social Cash Transfer Pilot Programme (SCTPP) implemented by the Bureau of Social and Labour Affairs (BoLSA), regional Government of Tigray. . More details

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Graduation – how to do it responsibly

24 May 2016
By Stephen Devereux, Keetie Roelen, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Putting children at the centre of social protection in Nepal

23 May 2016
By Keetie Roelen, Helen Karki Chettri

How best to measure child poverty?

16 Jul 2015
By Keetie Roelen

‘Inclusive Social Protection’ for inclusive development

24 Mar 2015
By Keetie Roelen, Stephen Devereux

Reducing child poverty in New Zealand

25 Sep 2014
By Keetie Roelen
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Thematic Expertise:
Children and Youth; HIV; Poverty; Poverty Inequality and Wellbeing; Reducing Inequalities; Social Protection.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Social Protection.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Burundi; Ethiopia; Kazakhstan; Myanmar; Viet Nam.