In an article for Vox, a portal for economic policy analysis run by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, two members of the ERD team explained that social protection is becoming increasingly feasible in sub-Saharan Africa, as reflected by the programmes already in place, and for these efforts to be scaled up required, above all else, political will.
Written by Giorgia Giovannetti, the lead author of the 2009 and 2010 reports, and Marco...Read more
Ever wondered what social protection actually means and how it works? Curious for the lowdown on the findings and recommendations of the latest European Report on Development (ERD)? Are you a little vague on what the ERD initiative is all about and what it seeks to achieve?
Then, you’ve come to the right place. A new series of fact sheets explains all the ins and outs of the ERD and related issues. The first three fact sheets cover the following questions:Read more
Since preparations for the first edition of the European Report on Development (ERD) began in 2009, those interested in the report have been able to tune in to regular podcasts to keep abreast of the latest developments and views on the topics at hand.
The latest two podcasts deal with the recommendations and findings of the second edition of the ERD and reactions to it from various stakeholders. The first podcast, entitled ‘Development policy’s missing piece’, explains how social protection fits into and...Read more
In the previous blog entry, we summarise the contribution by Markus Loewe of DIE, the German Development Institute. He suggests that the European Report on Development 2010/2011 does not address all relevant aspects for a social protection system in poor countries. He notes that the ERD says nothing about how and by whom social protection is to be organised if the government is not willing or able to do so. According to the article, the report does not take into account non-governmental social protection systems, as it sees the latter as a task of the government.
Indeed, the ERD...Read more
The quality nationwide German newspaper Die Zeit – the most read weekly in the country – has addresses a crucial subject. While agreeing with the European Report on Development that social protection systems are feasible in developing countries and promote development there, it asks whether poor countries have the means to finance such systems.
Written as a guest contribution by Markus Loewe of DIE, the German Development Institute, the article points out that governments of poor countries often reject social transfers financed by taxes on the grounds that there is no...Read more
Not lacking in ambition, yesterday’s launch of the European Report on Development (ERD 2010/2011) revealed to a crowded audience nothing less than the “missing piece” in the development puzzle – and outlined a strategy for completing the jigsaw.
And what is that “missing piece”? Those who have been following closely will know that it is, of course, social protection.... Read more
The second edition of the European Report on Development (ERD 2010/2011) was officially launched today at the European Development Days in Brussels.
Françoise Moreau, acting director for EU Development Policy at the European Commission’s Development Directorate-General, introduced the discussion and Giorgia Giovannetti, the ERD’s lead author, presented the report’s main findings.
The other panellists included François Bourguignon of the Paris School of Economics,...Read more
Following the triple shocks of the international food-fuel-financial crises in recent years, what progress has been made in reducing poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa is under threat, as millions more risk joining the ranks of the poor.
If we are to achieve these...Read more