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Applying an Equity Lens for Development & Social Protection

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Tia Palermo's presentation at Ethiopia's Social Protection Conference on 13 May 2019 in Addis Ababa.

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Applying an Equity Lens for Development & Social Protection

  1. 1. unite for children Applying an Equity Lens for Development and Social Protection Tia Palermo, Ph.D. UNICEF Office of Research—Innocenti Transfer Project National Social Protection Conference Addis Ababa May 13, 2019
  2. 2. 2 Social protection: set of policies and programs aimed at preventing or protecting all people against poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion throughout their lifecycle, with a particular emphasis towards vulnerable groups (UNICEF, 2019).
  3. 3. 3 Why is an equity lens important? • Higher poverty rates • Structural constraints impede access to: • productive assets (land, credit) • physical, social and human capital assets (health, nutrition, education) • Sustainable poverty reduction cannot be achieved without addressing inequities related to gender, disability & related drivers of marginalization Holmes, R., & Jones, N. (2013). Gender and social protection in the developing world: beyond mothers and safety nets. Zed Books Ltd..
  4. 4. 4 27.8% of persons with severe disabilities have social protection coverage globally
  5. 5. 5 Non-contributory social protection programmes, by target group in Africa Source: Cirillo and Tebaldi (2016). Social Protection in Africa: Inventory of Non-Contributory Programmes. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. United Nations Development Programme.
  6. 6. 6 Why is an equity lens important? • “Social protection has yet to fully realise its potential to address the underlying causes of vulnerability and the drivers of inequality to achieve social justice and socially equitable outcomes” (Holmes and Jones 2013) • Transformative role of Social Protection: “provide social equity to protect people against risks such as discrimination or abuse” (Devereux and Sabates-Wheeler 2004) • Powerful synergies between the “economic” (protective, preventive, promotive) and “social” (transformative) roles of social protection programming
  7. 7. 7 References • Cirillo and Tebaldi (2016). Social Protection in Africa: Inventory of Non-Contributory Programmes. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. United Nations Development Programme. • Devereux S and Sabates-Wheeler R. (2004). Transformative Social Protection. IDS Working Paper 232. Sussex: Institute of Development Studies. • Holmes, R. and N. Jones (2013). Gender and social protection in the developing world: beyond mothers and safety nets, Zed Books Ltd. • ILO. (2017). World Social Protection Report 2017-19. Geneva: ILO. • UNICEF. (2019). UNICEF’s Social Protection Programme Framework 2019. New York: UNICEF.
  8. 8. 8 Tia Palermo tmpalermo@unicef.org @TransferProjct transfer.cpc.unc.edu THANK YOU

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