news IconWho are the “poor and vulnerable”? A view from Karamoja, Uganda


Across the globe, governments, researchers and international agencies have striven to better understand poverty and vulnerability, and to provide technocratic solutions to measure income or multidimensional deprivations. Some of these solutions are aimed at guiding policies that will then, hopefully, address poverty in a particular context



An exciting new book by Stephen Kidd on the social psychology of an indigenous people

By Ian Skoggard Social science is a broad enterprise focusing on diverse subjects of economics, politics, society and culture, to name a few, mostly all subscribing to objective, analytical, and if possible quantifiable methods of study. What if there was another approach, or dimension, to understand human behaviour, to which...


Child benefits in the US — For children here, there, and everywhere

By Dominic Richardson, David Harris, Shea McClanahan and Ian Orton Imagining a post-post Washington Consensus – child benefits in the US offer hope for bolder action for children around the world As part of recent COVID-19-related legislation, the US Government has committed to provide a quasi-universal child benefit (an affluence-tested...


Why we need to prioritise universal pensions for women

On International Women’s Day 2021, let’s think about pensions. Why? Women around the world still face highly unequal access to a minimum income in old age.


More than just cash: an innovative child grant in Papua province

Given the need to address child development issues and to improve the coverage of social protection programmes across Papua, the Provincial Government of Papua (PGP) responded by launching BANGGA Papua, a child grant for all indigenous Papuan children from birth until their 4th birthday.


COVID-19 and social insurance responses in Latin America

This blog post is based on a partnership between the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNICEF and the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) who have been working on the analysis of the social protection responses and COVID-19, with particular focus on social assistance, school feeding programmes, social insurance and labour market, migration and digitalisation of the implementation of the responses.


The vaccine against poverty, inequality and insecurity needs a stronger prescription

The COVID crisis is an opportunity to make the recognition of the role of social protection more permanent, and there is an almost unique opportunity to achieve this.


Calling Marcus Rashford: universal child benefits need you!

Last week, the United Kingdom’s social protection system took yet another big step back towards the 19th Century. The news broke that, during the current COVID-19 lockdown, when schools are closed to most pupils, the Government is providing schoolchildren living in poverty with food handouts, rather than offering their families cash. To make a bad situation worse, the food on offer is of limited nutritional quality while the main beneficiary of the scheme has been the business that was contracted by the Government...


10 lessons learnt in 10 years…

This collaborative blog, was written to celebrate Development Pathways' 10th anniversary. It combines the shared lessons learnt from some of our team members.


The social contract and the role of universal social security in building trust in government

A strong social contract is a precious resource in any country. Without it, citizens will be reluctant to pay their taxes resulting in governments being unable to collect the revenues they need to offer good quality public services to their citizens.