blog iconReasons why technology cannot ‘transform’ India’s fight against poverty

In a widely shared NYT column Transforming the fight against poverty in India, Siddharth George (Doctoral candidate at Harvard) and Arvind Subramanian (Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance in India) make a compelling, if technocratic, argument to back their optimism that the seamless integration of technology solutions (the JAM trinity...

blog iconWhy India is right to consider a universal basic income

The concept of a universal basic income is, somewhat surprisingly, receiving renewed attention from the Indian government. In recent interviews, the government’s Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Arvind Subramanian, has called it an idea that ‘has a lot of promise.’ According to Dr. Subramanian, the next Economic Survey – an important...

Publication IconAssessing Targeting Options for Nepal’s Social Grants – What Does The Evidence Tell Us?

The Government of Nepal and development partners have been working together to develop a stronger evidence base to inform thinking about social protection policy and support the implementation and scale...

News IconDebate over universal basic income steps up as IMF weighs impacts

14th August: An IMF paper has backed universal basic income as a better way of supporting low-income households than existing safety net programmes when these are “inefficient”. The paper, using...

blog iconChild protection momentum building as Government of Sri Lanka commits to bold action

The global drive to end violence against children is gaining momentum, with Sri Lanka one of the latest countries stepping up to tackle the issue of child protection. It is fantastic that Sri Lanka has joined the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children as a pathfinder country, to lead...

Publication IconConditional Cash Transfer Programmes – Their Relevance For Nepal

Compared to countries with a similar level of economic development, Nepal is doing very well in terms of its commitment to social protection. Programmes such as the Senior Citizens’ Allowance,...

News IconThe impact of increased migration on the politics of social protection under spotlight

29th November: The politics of social protection and how this is affected by increased migration will be under the spotlight at a University of Cambridge event. The Politics of Social...

News IconGauntlet thrown down to social protection authorities to take forward realisation of rights

12th December: Social protection authorities can ensure programmes respect key human rights principles by assessing the impact on disadvantaged citizens and empowering them to seek redress. This is the message...

blog iconWhen and how citizen engagement can improve social protection programme delivery

Social protection schemes are often implemented in contexts characterised by weak accountability of government officials to citizens. Strengthening accountability is important to ensure the quality delivery of social protection and to build better relations between citizens and the state. One way of strengthening accountability is through increased involvement of citizens in social...

Publication IconIndia: The Basic Income Experiment

“The extra income created opportunities for people to start improving their lives.” In this Pathways Perspective, Rasmus looks at the effects of a basic income pilot project conducted in the...