SDC and Social Protection


 

SDC Issue Paper on Social Protection

​​​​​​13.04.2017 / Kim Andr​​​eas Kessler, Academic Intern, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, ​SDC​​

​​​​The Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section is pleased to announce that the Is​sue Paper on Social Protection has been discussed and approved by the SDC Directorate. The paper sets the ground for consistent communication and advocacy within SDC and with development partners and partner countries. It aims to foster SDC’s engagement in Social Protection, to encourage SCOs/Embassies to work in a holistic manner and to develop joint initiatives between all SDC domains. 

 
SDC defines Social Protection as all public and private initiatives that provide income or consumption transfers to poor people, protect the vulnerable against livelihood risks and enhance the social status and rights of the marginalized. A light mapping exercise showed that more than 70 SDC projects include Social Protection. Most projects focus on social assistance and social insurance while labour market policies, which are also part of Social Protection, are addressed to a lesser extent by SDC. 

 
Three core objectives for SDC’s engagement in Social Protection have been identified:​
  1. Reduce poverty and inequality (SDG1 and SDG10)
  2. Promote gender equality (SDG5)
  3. Promote Resilience and preparedness of vulnerable communities, especially regarding climate change

 
Social Protection approach includes the following features:​
        • It is interdisciplinary and involves a variety of themes
        • It integrates all four SDC domains which is called upon in the new Dispatch 2017-2020
        • It connects to public-private partnerships for development (PPPD)
        • It links short term with long term interventions

 
This Issue Paper will feed into future reflections for SDC and should sharpen and possibly increase SDC’s support to this approach. 
To read the Issue Paper, click​ here. 

 
 
 

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SDC and Social Protection

Anne Moulin, Focal Point Quality Assurance Poverty, SDC Bern / March 2016

In the last decade social protection has become an important component of development policy. While SDC supports interventions such as cash transfers in humanitarian settings and private/semi-private (agricultural) insurance schemes, it has done so without particular guidance or reference to an SDC position on social protection.

As part of the SDC-IDS Collaboration, researchers from the Centre for Social Protection (CSP) at IDS have been working with SDC to look at the part social protection plays in SDC's work and how this could develop in the future.

The focus of this work was a Mirror Event, held on 18 February 2016 and hosted by SDC. It was attended by Keetie Roelen and Stephen Devereux from the CSP, members of the SDC Directorate and other interested SDC staff.

 


 

 

SDC-IDS Mirror Event on Social Protection

Stephen Devereux, Research Fel​​low, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) / March 2016

 

On 18 February 2016, SDC hosted a Mirror Event on Social Protection as part of the SDC-IDS Collaboration.

 Presenters from the Centre for Social Protection at IDS introduced the concept and explained why social protection is important for SDC in relation to its strategic objectives and priority themes. SDC then set out preliminary findings from a light-touch mapping of social protection interventions currently supported by SDC.

IDS summarised positions taken to social protection by other agencies, ranging from the instrumentalist approaches of the World Bank and World Food Programme to the rights-based approaches of ILO and UNICEF.

A lively discussion followed, focusing on how SDC should engage with social protection going forward. There was consensus that a more coherent focus was needed, while recognising that the nature of SDC engagement is always context-specific and responsive to needs.

In the afternoon a participatory mapping exercise started to clarify SDC's emerging approach to social protection, including the mandate and objectives, guiding principles, target groups, modes of engagement, funding modalities and partnerships.

The high level of interest in this topic across all domains and levels within SDC was very encouraging. SDC-QA will start a consultation regarding next steps in March 2016.

For further information please contact Anne Moulin SDC-QA.


 

SDC and Social Protection: where are we now, and where are we going?

Jane Steven​​​​s, Communications Coordinator, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) / December 2015

On the 18-19thFebruary 2016, SDC will host an Event on Social Protection as part of the SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Power.

In the last decade social protection has become an important component of development policy. While SDC supports interventions such as cash transfers in humanitarian settings and private/semi-private (agricultural) insurance schemes, it does so without particular guidance or reference to an SDC position on social protection.

This event, a collaboration between SDC and the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies, will consider the question "should SDC engage further in this area and if so, how?"  It will include the development of recommendations on social protection followed by consideration and discussion of these by the SDC Directorate.

You are welcome to attend the first morning session and the closing session. The morning session will include an introduction to the collaboration and overall event and will present main frameworks of social protection, the roles and positions of other donors and international organisations and key issues in the future of social protection. It will also include preliminary findings of a light-touch mapping of social protection interventions already supported by SDC. At the closing session you can find out more about the thinking, learning and outcomes of the event.

 

For further information please contact Anne Moulin SDC-QA.


 

Resources

 'Hot Topics' in Social Protection

Keetie Roelen and Stephen Devereux
This Briefing Note introduces the current topics and thinking in social development, including political leverage, fiscal affordability, targeting, labour market linkages, impact, 'sensitive' social protection, and systemsbuilding.
SDC-IDS BriefingNote 01.pdf (151KB)

Agency Positions on Social Protection

Stephen Devereux and Keetie Roelen
This Briefing Note summarises the position of several key development partners in terms of their thinking and practice on social protection.
SDC - IDS Briefing Note 02.pdf (191KB)


 

Light-touch mapping of SDC activities in social protection

Keetie Roelen
This note was written in February 2016 by Keetie Roelen (IDS) based on findings from a light-touch mapping exercise as undertaken by Anne Moulin (SDC) in January – February 2016.
SDC - IDS Brieging Note 03.pdf (209KB)