Centre for Social Protection

start date
4 September 2006

Social protection is a set of policies and programmes that reduce poverty and provide a safety net for the poorest and most marginalised people and communities.

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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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

Dolf J.H. te Lintelo

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Leader

Gabriele Köhler

Honorary Associate

Jeremy Lind

Research Fellow

Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

Martin Greeley

Research Fellow

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Rural Futures Cluster Lead



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.

Recent work


Social protection in a time of global uncertainty: what’s next?

In just two decades since the early 2000s, social protection established itself as a vibrant social policy sector in countries across the Global South, from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa to South Asia. Social protection appeared in several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Even...

10 November 2022

Working Paper

Comprehensive Social Protection Programming: What is the Potential for Improving Sanitation Outcomes?

IDS Working Paper 560

Millions of people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities, undermining progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 that calls for adequate and equitable sanitation for all.

27 January 2022

Working Paper

Agents, Coercive Learning, and Social Protection Policy Diffusion in Africa

IDS Working Paper 559

This paper makes theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions to the study of social policy diffusion, drawing on the case of social protection in Africa, and Zambia in particular. We examine a range of tactics deployed by transnational agencies (TAs) to encourage the adoption of...

13 December 2021