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.