blog iconDisability Benefits: The Neglected Social Security Instrument

A few years ago, I was in Kiribati in the Pacific holding discussions with a group of persons with disabilities (PwDs) who had set up an independent camp in the capital, South Tarawa. They had become disillusioned with the indifference, lack of support and, in some cases, abuse – one...

blog iconCash transfers on the rise as an emergency response in the Pacific

Despite increasing evidence of their value, the use of cash transfers in emergencies is still limited. ODI’s Paul Harvey estimated in a recent article in the Guardian, as well as a guest piece on Duncan Green’s ‘From Poverty to Power’ blog, that only 6% of humanitarian aid is currently provided...

Publication IconPoverty, Vulnerability and Social Protection in the Pacific – the Role of Social Transfers

This paper examines the evidence on poverty and vulnerability and its causes in the region, and seeks to understand what role social transfers such as pensions, child grants and disability grants, could play in tackling poverty.

Publication IconAchieving Education and Health Outcomes in Pacific Island Countries

A research paper examining the challenges facing Pacific Island countries as they strive to improve the health and education of their people. It examines the policies that need to be...

Publication IconKiribati country case study

A case study examining the adequacy of social protection in Kiribati. Part of a DFAT study to fill gaps in knowledge about formal social protection in the Pacific Islands, it describes the nature of livelihoods in Kiribati and examines the stresses facing its economy and society.

Publication IconChild-Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance

UNICEF and Fiji’s Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation commissioned Development Pathways to carry out the assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance, a national scheme that provides monthly cash transfers and food vouchers to children in vulnerable and low-income families.

Our Work IconIdentifying good practices on using data for policy and advocacy on ageing

Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. Virtually every country is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older...

Our Work IconBuilding inclusive social protection systems in Asia and the Pacific

Despite significant expansion of social protection coverage across Asia and the Pacific, some 60 percent of people are still excluded from adequate social protection, the Asian Development Bank estimates. In...

Our Work IconSecuring child-sensitive social protection in Fiji

Fiji is one of the largest and most developed Pacific island countries. Yet, despite its status as a middle-income country, a high proportion of children live in poor and income-insecure...

Publication IconWhy We Need Social Protection

This e-learning guide, developed by UNESCAP with Development Pathways, raises awareness of the role social protection systems can play in tackling poverty.