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ADB Social Development and Poverty CoP Newsletter31 August 2013

ADB Social Development and Poverty CoP Newsletter31 August 2013

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News, events, and knowledge products that may be of interest to the ADB Social Development and Poverty Community of Practice. Email: sdpcop@adb.org
News, events, and knowledge products that may be of interest to the ADB Social Development and Poverty Community of Practice. Email: sdpcop@adb.org

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August 2013 sdpcop@adb.org
 What’s New?.......................................................................................CoP in Action.......................................................................................Calendar....................................................................................... Announcements.......................................................................................TA Project.......................................................................................Knowledge Products....................................................................................... Web Picks
In this issue
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What’s New?
The concept paper for the review of Strategy 2020 is now available,containing the background, scope and process that will be undertaken forthe review. Draft documentsfor the review will be periodically posted on the
 as they are prepared. See the 
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Most Asian countries do not spend enough on social programs to help poorand vulnerable people, according to the ADB study,
Social ProtectionIndex: Assessing the results in Asia and the Pacific 
. The study notes thatdespite Asia's economic boom, governments have not channeled sufficientinvestment into social protection. The study also warns of a "missing middle"group of people live above the poverty line, but who are highly vulnerableto shocks.
ADB and six other multi-lateral organizations issued a joint appeal for globalsupport of the high level United Nations panel report calling for an end toextreme poverty and sustainable development beyond 2015, the target dateof achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. See the 
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Social protection contributes not only to securing adequate food for all,but also aims to provide people the stability and resources needed to developcapabilities and to make choices about their lives and futures. Olivier deSchutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, hasprepared reports and briefing notes on how to finance and facilitate socialprotection for all.
Twitter: @ADBSocial
 
 
This online chat with Sri Wening Handayani, Principal Social DevelopmentSpecialist, and Michelle Domingo-Palacpac, Senior Social DevelopmentOfficer, answers several questions, including: What is the current state of social protection systems and programs in Asia and the Pacific region? Howcan countries expand and strengthen social protection to cover its poor andvulnerable populations? Why are social protection programs important intimes of disasters?
Social Protection Framework in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
GMS policy makers learned key concepts and improved skills in the designand implementation of national social protection systems at a workshoporganized under the umbrella of the Phnom Penh Plan, 7-12 July, at SeoulNational University. Participants shared experiences from GMS countries andthe Republic of Korea on social security, social assistance, and socialprotection of migrants.
A study conducted by Overseas Development Institute for German Societyof International Cooperation identifies which social protection tools are mostsuitable for establishing links to food security. Results show that cashtransfers are most suitable for poverty reduction and food security,since cash is used both for good-quality food and for agricultural inputs.School feeding and other crop/ weather-based insurance schemes showlimited success in ensuring food security.
The Global Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was recently launchedto provide international support to policy makers engaged in constructingmultidimensional poverty measures. The network enables early adoptersof this measurement standard to share their experiences directly withpolicy makers in other countries who are exploring the possibility of,or implementing, such measures.
For many students and teachers in poor countries, energy poverty – the lackof access to reliable energy sources – is a challenge faced every day both athome and at school. For the students who go to schools that lack electricity,that means no fans, no evening classes, no computers or access to theInternet, and much more.
This news broadcast reports findings of a study from the Philippine Institutefor Development Studies that concludes that Philippine conditional cashtransfer program is not sufficient to solve poverty in the long run.The study argues that the number of years allotted by the CCT program forchildren to attend school is not enough to build skills that will allow youth toenter the labor market for decent wages that, in turn, will allow them tomove out of poverty.
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Designing Impact Evaluation for a Poverty Alleviation Program
16 September, 2:00 p.m, venue TBA
Aishwarya Ratan, Director, Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, YaleUniversity, will share insights on measuring impact of an attributableinnovation on the average person through field experiments.
Yukiko Ito,6606
Innovative Ways to Engage NGOs
26 September, 10 a.m., kHub
Lainie Thomas, Social Development Specialist (Civil Society andParticipation), SERD, will discuss less commonly utilized processes inthe bank that may also be opportunities for engaging NGOs in theimplementation of projects.
Insight Thursday: CSR Asia Summit 2013
3 October, 8:30 a.m., kHub
Marzia Mongiorgi, Principal Portfolio Management Specialist, OSFMD,and SDP CoP Committee Member, will share highlights gathered from theCorporate Social Responsibility Asia Summit 2013, which will focus on howbusinesses can contribute to growth and innovation while addressing socialand environmental challenges.
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Calendar CoP in Action
On 10 July, Hermann Waibel, Director of the Institute of Development andAgricultural Economics at Hannover University, presented the results of alongitudinal study on how shocks decreased the risk-taking behavior of households in Thailand and Viet Nam, implying that this decreased chancesof taking opportunities to improve family life.On 25 July, Anil Deolalikar, Founding Dean of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, and ShikhaJha, Principal Economist, ERMF, shared a policyreport on empowerment prepared for ADB’s 46th Annual Meeting.The speakers explained how some mechanisms of empowerment helpimprove the quantity and quality of public service delivery. They alsoemphasized that empowerment of citizens alone is not sufficient to improvesocial services. They noted that other steps are required, including:systemic government reforms, a strong private sector involved in serviceprovision, and the use of ICT to improve the efficiency of and accessto services.On 29 July, Demetrios Papademetriou, President and Co-Founder of theMigration Policy Institute, discussed how countries that receive migrantsevaluate and accept talented workers, as well as how talented workerschoose their destination country. Mr. Papademetriou emphasized thatcountries providing flexible opportunities for talented workers and families,as well as flexible residency arrangements, are best able to attract migrantswho can help to address labor market needs. He also discussed howcountries from which workers emigrate can encourage their migrants toreturn home. The seminar was co-sponsored by the CoP and ERDI.See the 

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