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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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.

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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 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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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

IDS publications on international development research

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

Save the Children Policy Brief (2016)

Nepal can be considered at the forefront of social protection compared to other low-income countries, being one of the first to have introduced a social pension, implementing a set of nationally funded social protection schemes and in the process of finalising a National Framework for Social Protection (NFSP). More details


The Future of Social Protection – Where Next?

IDS Policy Briefing 106 (2015)

Social protection is one of the success stories of development policy in the early twenty-first century, leading to questions about its future direction. More details

Reducing poverty in the first 18 years of life: Burundi illustration

Réduire la pauvreté durant les 18 premières années de vie: Burundi

Cette illustration présente conjointement les résultats du projet de recherche sur la pauvreté infantile monétaire et multidimensionnelle ainsi que de l’évaluation du programme ‘Terintambwe’ de Concern Worldwide au Burundi. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Children and Youth; HIV; Poverty; Poverty Inequality and Wellbeing; Reducing Inequalities; Social Protection. Social Protection.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Social Protection.

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