Shea McClanahan

Shea McClanahan

Senior Social Policy Specialist

Shea joined Development Pathways in March 2018 with extensive experience in social policy, social protection and global development. She has worked or consulted for UNRISD, the International Social Security Association, the International Labour Organisation and others. Shea enjoys sunny weather and spending time with her family.

Shea McClanahan's Work

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A focus on families: A short-term benefit package for the extension of multi-tiered social security coverage in Viet Nam

Not only do the social assistance and insurance systems in Viet Nam fail to accommodate key lifecycle risks associated with family life, but they leave out millions of vulnerable families and children, particularly those in the “missing middle”.

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Shifting the paradigm: building an inclusive, lifecycle social security system in Tunisia

Many people in Tunisia continue to lack access to basic social security. A high degree of informality leaves millions without income security and heightens vulnerability to life shocks – such...

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Assessment of the Social Protection Floor in Armenia

This assessment identifies areas for further strengthening the social protection floor in Armenia, with particular attention to gender equality. It also reiterates the importance of social protection floors to protect...

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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.

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Social Security for Inclusive Growth Globally and in the MENA region

This report provides a review of global literature and evidence on the impacts of social security schemes to illustrate the role of inclusive social security in promoting economic growth across...

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Exploring the importance of good governance in effective social protection

It is widely recognised that good governance of social protection systems is one of the preconditions for effective social protection programming and, therefore, the realisation of fundamental human rights. As...

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Webinar to launch the Inclusive Social Security Policy Forum for the MENA region

Development Pathways will host a webinar to officially launch the Inclusive Social Security Policy Forum (ISSPF), an initiative funded by the Ford Foundation focused on building knowledge and capacity on inclusive social security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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Reviewing Vietnam social protection spending to protect and enhance benefits

Development Pathways supported development partners and the Vietnamese Government in its wide-reaching social protection reform process.  Continuing this commitment, Development Pathways was commissioned by the ILO to review Vietnam’s social protection expenditures, including...

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Development Pathways presents findings for global research project on governance and social protection 

Last week, Development Pathways staff presented their findings from a global research project on the governance of social protection systems. 

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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...

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New dates announced for Development Pathways’ Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection

Due to popular demand, Development Pathways is releasing new dates for the Online Course on Inclusive Social Protection: Making the Case which will take place from 3 May to 9 July 2021 with only 20 spaces available.   

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Assessment of the Social Protection System in Georgia: Final report

Development Pathways has supported the ILO, and its partner UN Women, to complete a general assessment of the social protection system in Georgia. The assessment (carried out during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020) was undertaken from a lifecycle perspective and in reference to international experiences, as well as to social security standards and conventions.

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Training in social protection in Jinja, Uganda
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Training to underpin the preparation of Uganda’s National Development Plans

There is a very strong rationale for Uganda to progressively increase its investment in social protection up to 2030 and beyond and that social protection should figure prominently in the...

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