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Social Safety Nets - Newsletter Issue No. 9 – May 2011

Social Safety Net Hub Team

Social Protection Strategy 2012
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Social Protection Strategy 2012 Consultations

The Bank is currently preparing a new Social Protection Strategy to respond more effectively to the emerging, fast-changing and challenging global demands expected in the next decade. To this end, the World Bank has been consulting from January to May 2011 with a broad range of governments, development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, academics and other stakeholders over 20 events around the globe (see consultation schedule). In Ecuador (in Spanish), Jamaica and Congo (in French), Government officials, academics and other representatives of the public and private sectors came together to participate in broad and inclusive debates on the major issues raised in the draft Strategy. You can also be part of it. Give your feedback online and join the consultations at www.worldbank.org/spstrategy

Food Price Watch
Global Food Prices Remain High

Food Price WatchGlobal food prices remain high, partly due to increasing fuel prices. The World Bank’s
Food Price Index is around its 2008 peak. Since June 2010, an additional 44 million people fell below the $1.25 poverty line as a result of higher food prices. Simulations show that a further 10% increase in the Food Price Index could lead to 10 million people falling into poverty, and a 30% increase could increase poverty by 34 million people. Low-income and lower-middle-income countries are experiencing on average 5% points higher food price inflation compared to better-off countries. Read more about this story.

Facing the Crisis Together: Kenya Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Facing the Crisis Together Kenya Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
The Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) Project, approved in 2009, expanded the pilot CT-OVC Programme of the government of Kenya from 47,000 households caring for OVC to around 83,000 households (increasing the coverage of OVC from around 140,000 to 250,000). Early evidence suggests that the program is having a significant impact on poverty reduction, school enrollment and birth registration for OVC. Using International Development Association (IDA) resources, innovative technology is being introduced to transfer payments to beneficiaries in a faster and more secure way than was previously possible. Read more about this story.

What are the longer-term effects of conditional cash transfers on human capital?

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are programs under which poor families get a stipend conditional on certain actions, for example keeping their children in school or taking them for health checks. While there is significant evidence showing that they have positive short-term impacts on school participation, little is known about their long-term impacts on human capital. In 2010, IEG evaluated the longer term impact of Bank-supported CCT projects in Pakistan and Colombia, and conducted a field evaluation of a CCT project in Jamaica.

Rapid Social Response Program Stories at a Glance

Rapid Social Response Program In response to the tiple wave of food, fuel and financial crises, the World Bank established the Rapid Social Response (RSR) program. Find out how RSR has supported the deployment of community workers in Haiti to better delivery of appropriate services to the families greatest in need. At the same time in Cameroon RSR is strengthening the safety net response of the country by making the social protection system more comprehensive, flexible and suitable to the country’s economic and social conditions. Read more about these stories and others at worldbank.org/rsr

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/ID

Commitment Amount (in US$ M)

Product Line

Country/
Area

Approval Date/Status

Cash Transfer Project/P119307

10

Special Financing

West Bank & Gaza

28-APR-2011/Active

Bangladesh: Repatriation and Livelihood Restoration for Migrant Workers/P126263

40

IBRD/IDA

Bangladesh

26-APR-2011/Active

Flood Emergency Cash Transfer Project/P125105

125

IBRD/IDA

Pakistan

29-MAR-2011/Active

Rwanda Third Community Living Standards Grant/P122157

6

IBRD/IDA

Rwanda

22-MAR-2011/Active

Basic Protection Project Additional Financing/P120622

480

IBRD/IDA

Argentina

10-MAR-2011/Active

Results in Nutrition for Juntos SWAp/P117310

25

IBRD/IDA

Peru

08-MAR-2011/Active

Nicaragua Social Protection/P121779

19.5

IBRD/IDA

Nicaragua

03-FEB-2011/Active

JSDF: Growing with our GUAGUAS (Children)/P125602

2.22

Recipient Executed Activities

Ecuador

27-JAN-2011/Active

Second Development Policy Loan/P117667

380.5

IBRD/IDA

Romania

20-JAN-2011/Active

KP and FATA Emergency Recovery Project/P121394

250

IBRD/IDA

Pakistan

20-JAN-2011/Active

Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC-7)/P117924

215

IBRD/IDA

Ghana

20-JAN-2011/Closed

Tajikistan Government-implemented grant for targeting and payment of social assistance/P123704

2.2

Recipient Executed Activities

Tajikistan

19-JAN-2011/Active

Urban Youth Employment Project/P114042

15.8

IBRD/IDA

Papua New Guinea

11-JAN-2011 /Active

 

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