Social Protection

Social Protection
Is Social Protection an Effective Toolkit for Addressing Undernutrition?

This IDS blog discusses the main messages of the November 2013 preparatory technical meeting to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) held in Rome in November 2014, and talks specifically about the causal linkages between social protection and better nutrition. Institute of IDS regularly collects posts on a variety of development-related subjects, including...

Can Social Protection Floors Guarantee Food Security?

The IDS blog collects a series of interesting posts on development-related subjects, including nutrition and social protection. This post discusses the ILO Recommendation Concerning National Floors of Social Protection, unanimously adopted at the 101st International Labour Conference in June 2012, as a significant achievement for social protection globally in the past 10-15 years. However, the...

Social Protection: Killing Two Birds with One Stone

The Asian Development Blog is hosted by the Asian Development Bank and publishes different technical perspectives on activities in Asia. This particular post discusses how social protection can promote economic growth by enhancing security and consumption, and reducing inequalities.

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Effects of a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme on Child Nutrition in Brazil

The Bolsa Familia Programme (BFP) is the world’s largest conditional cash transfer programme, guaranteeing direct cash transfers to families in poverty, families with children aged 0 to 15 years, and families with a pregnant or lactating woman. Any family who enrolls must comply with certain health and education conditions to remain in the programme, including (1) a minimum attendance of 85%...

The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programmes on Child Nutrition: a Review of Evidence Using a Programme Theory Framework

This article reviews the evidence regarding the impact of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes on child nutrition outcomes, using a program theory framework. The authors develop a program impact model and synthesize evidence regarding the pathways through which CCTs may improve child nutrition. By applying the impact model, their research finds that CCT programs may significantly improve...

New Benchmarks for Costs and Cost-efficiency of School-based Feeding Programs in Food-insecure Areas

The article aims to update benchmarks for school feeding costs by building on previous World Food Programme cost analyses. The authors standardize yearly project costs per schoolchild over a set number of feeding days and the amount of energy provided by the average ration. They use output metrics (tonnage, calories, micronutrient content) to assess the cost-efficiency of the different...

The Brazilian School Feeding Programme: an Example of an Integrated Programme in Support of Food and Nutrition Security

The article analyzes the advances and challenges of the school feeding programme in Brazil (PNAE) by exploring the role of policy and regulatory frameworks in constructing quality service delivery and intersectoral integration. Brazil's integrated food and nutrition security policy approach promoted intersectorality in the food system, articulating actions to guarantee access to healthy food...

Social Protection and Nutrition: What are the Policy Lessons Learned and What are the Success Factors

This background paper collects key policy considerations highlighted during the discussions held in the Panel on Social Protection and Nutrition of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), as well as selected good practices and lessons learned from different country experiences, and transformative...

How Effective are Cash Transfer Programmes at Improving Nutritional Status?

Are conditional cash transfer programs more successful than unconditional programs at improving child health? The authors of this report reviewed the literature linking nutritional status to interventions involving cash transfers in developing countries. A systematic, but not exhaustive, search produced 30,000+ articles, from which they identified 18 studies of 15 social assistance programs...

Can Transfer Programs Be Made More Nutrition-sensitive?

This essay from IFPRI explores the effects of transfer programs on child nutrition. Because transfer programs may be designed either as a response to shocks or as predictable contributions to household resources, the paper distinguishes the goal of raising consumption over an extended period from the objective of enhancing resilience during crises. The paper also assess the various services (...

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