blog iconTackling Mental Health: a FundaMental starting point

Everyone’s talking about mental health – particularly its effect on the world’s poorest countries. But what do we do about it? Where do we start? Jessica Mackenzie suggests four crucial steps.

blog iconUnder threat: social protection that includes everybody in their old age?

October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons, this year about ensuring older people can fully contribute to society. It’s a day for everyone, since we all hope to reach old age and enjoy long and fruitful lives. And, of course, none of us want our last years destroyed...

News IconCash transfer design can strengthen or weaken social relationships, universities find

A university research project to identify the impact of cash transfers on social relationships has uncovered that cash transfers are viewed as invaluable for poverty reduction by recipients – but...

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...

blog iconThird strike and you’re out? PMT performance against financial diaries and wealth-ranking data

What do you do when your most important poverty measurement tool on a poverty outreach programme looks as if it is not working? Guest blogger Julie Lawson-McDowall writes. Not so long ago, we at CRS’s Expanding Financial Inclusion (EFI) project (https://efiafrica.crs.org  ) had a bit of a moment: it looked as...

Publication IconSocial Exclusion and Access to Social Protection schemes

Exclusion from social protection remains a significant challenge. This study, based on interviews with researchers and programme implementers in Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, and a literature review and experience across many countries, explores factors behind this.

Publication IconLaunch of Lesotho’s National Social Protection Strategy

In our latest Pathways Perspectives edition, Launch of Lesotho’s National Social Protection Strategy, our contributors Bazlul Khondker and Nicholas Freeland explore the practical achievements of the strategy development process. They also...

News Icon“Redistributive” social protection key tool for addressing rising inequality, says global coalition

Rising inequality is a setback for the Sustainable Development Goals and must be combatted by improving coverage and adequacy of social protection systems, according to the Global Coalition for Social...

blog iconOut of reach: targeting fails to keep pace with household dynamics

Can poverty-targeting work effectively if it assumes fast-changing households are static? Nicola Ansell discusses research which underscores the challenges to the selection mechanisms ahead of a forthcoming global review of the evidence.   Nicola Ansell What is a household? Around the world, policymakers frequently confront this seemingly simple concept, only to find...

Our Work IconRecommending social accountability improvements for social protection programmes

How can citizens better hold social protection officials to account and understand their entitlements? We carried out research to fill the knowledge gaps.