Policy advice


We provide tailored advice to governments, international organisations, and other development partners to design rights-based social and economic policies, grounded in evidence.


We challenge prevailing paradigms when they fail, and offer concrete policy alternatives that build stronger, more sustainable systems.

Developing a Comprehensive National Social Protection Systems and Reforms Country Profile for Tunisia

We are supporting United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Ministry of Social Affairs in Tunisia to develop a Comprehensive National Social Protection Systems and Reforms Country Profile for Tunisia.

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Partnerships for Social Protection

Partnerships for Social Protection (P4SP) is providing tailored assistance to support countries to advocate for, build and strengthen effective, sustainable, gender-responsive and shock-responsive social protection systems in the region.

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Conducting a situation analysis of children and adolescents for the State of Palestine

Development Pathways is supporting UNICEF by conducting a situation analysis of children and adolescents in the State of Palestine.

Empowering children with disabilities and families through social protection and care in East Asia and the Pacific

We are supporting UNICEF and partners to engage in meaningful dialogue on social protection support reform for children with disabilities and families in East Asia and the Pacific.

Shifting the paradigm: building inclusive, lifecycle social security systems in the MENA region 

Development Pathways, with support from a Ford Foundation grant, is undertaking an 18-month project to build the evidence on social security across the MENA region and strengthen capacity across civil society to make the case for inclusive social security systems that offer income security to everyone, across the lifecycle.

Analysing the scope for social protection in Somaliland

In the absence of government-led social protection schemes, Save the Children is piloting a child-sensitive social protection (CSSP) programme in Somaliland. Anh Tran, from Development Pathways, is working with Save the Children to analyse the scope for social protection in Somaliland, building on the CSSP, and providing specific recommendations to lay the foundation for building inclusive social protection schemes in Somaliland, that leave no children behind.

South Sudan, Gender Situational Analysis to inform safety nets and resilience programming

In partnership with Forcier Consulting, Development Pathways has recently supported the World Food Programme (WFP) South Sudan Country Office in their first major gender research project, leading to lessons learned and recommendations for gender-responsive programming strategy.

Addressing the economic crisis of COVID-19 in Asia through social protection

UNDP Asia-Pacific and Development Pathways worked to prepare an analytical background paper on fiscal mechanisms to promote inter-generational equity. However, midway through the project, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With all Asian economies having been hit hard by the crisis and economic growth falling significantly, Development Pathways conducted additional research and analysis to develop a publication.

Evaluation for Single Parent and Foster Care Social Protection Schemes in the Maldives

Development Pathways has supported UNICEF Maldives and its partner the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) to generate evidence on the Maldives’ two primary social protection programmes for children – the single parent allowance and the foster parent allowance.