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Social Safety Nets - Newsletter Issue No. 11 – December 2011

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Social Safety Net Hub Team

Distance e-Learning Course Introduction To Social Safety Nets

e-Learning CourseThe Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank’s Social Protection hub recently pioneered a distance e-learning course -“Introduction to Social Safety Nets”. The course aims to support capacity building and on-the-job training of policy makers, managers and technical staff involved in safety nets and food security policy and implementation. Built around “For Protection and Promotion” and “Safety Nets How To”, the course consists of 6 lessons containing interactive step-by-step instructions, case studies, exercises and relevant reading material. A course certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the final assessment.

CCTs: The Second Generation of Evaluation Workshops

CCT's: The Second Generation of Evaluations Conference

The Spanish Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) cluster on CCT programs organized a two-day workshop from Oct 24th-25th. The workshop aimed to share knowledge and foster policy debates on recent CCT impact evaluations. The conference brought together high-level researchers with operational staff to provide an interactive platform for discussion on the latest evidence on 2nd generation CCT programs. More than eighteen presenters highlighted key policy implications from recent evaluations, identified gaps in existing knowledge, and pinpointed key research priorities going forward. For summarized discussions of the workshop visit the latest blog posts part I and part II of the organizers.

Building Resilient Safety Nets Forum Final Report Now Available

Exploring Pathways out of Poverty in Pakistan From Social Safety Nets to Graduation SystemsFrom May 30th to June 3rd, over 250 delegates from more than 50 low and middle-income countries participated in the Social Protection South-South Learning Forum on Building Resilient Safety Nets. During the week participants shared first hand country experiences on the design and implementation of safety nets, particularly in response to unfolding crises. The Learning forum’s final report is now available online. The report includes session summaries and key themes that emerged from discussions among participants; as well as lessons learned throughout the forum. Supplemental online materials, including session recordings, country profiles and the final participants’ list, can also be found on the event page.

Exploring Pathways out of Poverty in Pakistan From Social Safety Nets to Graduation Systems

On October 6th, 2011, the World Bank organized a learning forum on “Reaching the Poorest: Lessons for and from Graduation” in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Forum brought together a dynamic group of representatives from the federal and provincial governments, development practitioners, academia, and development partners to discuss the requirements of a social protection system. The speakers shared lessons and experiences on how social safety nets could be transformed to graduation programs. The Forum also discussed the strategies for providing faster, transparent and effective service delivery of social protection programs through unified targeting systems, better monitoring and evaluation, and the use management information systems. Click here to read more about this story.

Rapid Social Response Program Stories at a Glance

Rapid Social Response Program

In response to the triple wave of food, fuel and financial crises, the World Bank established the Rapid Social Response (RSR) program. Find out how RSR has provided technical assistance and capacity building to the Governments of Rwanda, Timor Leste and Kenya. In Rwanda, RSR is helping expand the Vision 2020 Umurenge Program through technical assistance to carry out evaluations, develop beneficiary and administrative databases, and train staff. The RSR is also supporting a comprehensive assessment of the country’s social safety net system, a critical step towards implementing the National Social Protection Strategy. RSR is also providing support to strengthen the program management of cash transfer programs in Timor Leste. Finally, in Kenya, RSR is granting financial support to strengthen the Kenya Youth Empowerment Program (KYEP), through staff recruitment and capacity building, as well as supporting impact evaluations. The RSR is also standardizing an information system to integrate beneficiary information across different database systems. Read more about these stories and others at

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


Approval Date/Status

Third Performance and Accountability of Social Sectors (PASS3) DPL/P125806



Dominican Republic



FYR Macedonia Policy Based Guarantee/ P125837



Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of


Zimbabwe Productive Safety Net - Pilot Public Works Program/ P125857







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