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Social Safety Nets - Newsletter Issue No. 6 – July 2010

Social Safety Net Hub Team

South-South Learning Forum: Making Public Works Work

People working

From June 14-18, 2010, over 220 delegates participated in the Social Protection South-South Learning Forum on Making Public Works Work. The Learning Forum gathered from 40 low- and middle-income countries from across the globe. During the week participants shared first hand country experiences, including a field trip of local public works projects implemented through the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF). Event materials, including the Event Report, Presentations, Sessions Summaries, Public Works Toolkit, Country Profiles and a Multimedia Gallery are now available on the event website. We thank all of the participants for making the Learning Forum an incredible success!

New Public Works Toolkit

People working

A Public Works toolkit has recently been uploaded onto our website. The toolkit focuses on ‘how to’ aspects of public works programs across different contexts. The toolkit draws on past experiences of several country typologies in low and middle income countries where programs have been in operation and proposes a prototype set of procedures based on existing implementation manuals and documented experiences. Check out our new country profiles for detailed information of public works projects.

Save the Date: For Protection & Promotion Core Course - The Design and Implementation of Effective Safety Nets

Safety Nets Core  Course Graduation Class 2010The World Bank will facilitate from December 6th to 17th a two week course aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the development of safety net programs. This course builds on the latest research findings by the World Bank and other academic institutions and draw lessons for low-income, middle-income and accession countries. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenging safety net issues in their own country and work toward solutions with other participants and experts. For more information, contact

Designing and Implementing a Safety Net in a Low Income Setting
Lessons learned from Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program

Vegetable production by use of ponds

This report draws on the lessons learned from the design and operation of the Ethiopia Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP), an international flagship safety net that helps address the needs of 7.5 million chronically food insecure households in Ethiopia. The report aims to contribute to the growing body of experience on how to design and implement effective and affordable rural safety nets in low-income countries. The Government launched the PSNP in 2005, in response to the growing consensus on the need to reform a costly and unreliable emergency food aid system that for over 20 years dominated responses to food insecurity in Ethiopia. The program aims to provide predictable and timely cash and food transfers to households. It combines both a public works component for those households with labor as well as unconditional cash transfers for the labor-poor. The public works program is focused on creating sustainable community assets that contribute to the rehabilitation of severely environmentally degraded areas, itself a major cause of food insecurity.

World Bank Social Safety Nets – Fiscal Year Highlights 2010

Girls picture

The last 36 months of food, fuel, and financial crises have reaffirmed the importance of social safety nets, which have helped to better protect the social and economic welfare of people despite the grim world economy. The World Bank FY 2010 financing for social protection programs—including safety nets—will likely reach $4 billion in new commitments, following a comparable surge in financing in FY09. During the last five years (FY05-09), the Bank has approved 123 social safety nets projects in 60 countries, and allocations toward social safety nets totaled $3.13 billion in FY09 and $2.58 billion in FY10. Learn more about this story.

Newly Approved Social Safety Nets

In the last quarter the Bank approved the following projects with Safety Net components. For a comprehensive list of safety net projects please visit our projects portal page.
Project Name/IDCommitment Amount*Product LineCountry/
Approval Date/Status
GZ-Palestinian P. NGO IV
2Special FinancingWest Bank and Gaza08-JUL-2010 /
Benin Community Development Project Additional Financing
12IBRD/IDABenin06-JUL-2010 /
Malawi additional financing for social action fund APLII
14IBRD/IDAMalawi30-JUN-2010 /
Youth Employment Support
20IBRD/IDASierra Leone30-JUN-2010 /
Social Protection
40IBRD/IDAHonduras29-JUN-2010 /
Mongolia Multi-Sectoral Technical Assistance Project
12IBRD/IDAMongolia28-JUN-2010 /
Capacity-Building for Palestinian Economic and Regulatory InstitutionsP1185603.7Special FinancingWest Bank and Gaza24-JUN-2010 /
LR: Youth, Employment, Skills Project
6IBRD/IDALiberia24-JUN-2010 /
Economic Recovery DPO
25IBRD/IDAMoldova24-JUN-2010 /
Crisis Response: Employment and Human Capital Social Safety Nets
3.64Recipient Executed ActivitiesDjibouti21-JUN-2010 /


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