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Gender, vulnerability and social protection

Social protection is an increasingly important approach to reduce vulnerability and chronic poverty. Despite strong evidence on the different ways in which men and women experience poverty and vulnerability, there has been little attention on the role of gender in the implementation and effectiveness of social protection programmes.

New research at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is reviewing the extent to which gender inequality is reflected in social protection design and evaluation in diverse country contexts. This work aims to contribute to policy dialogues on social protection, vulnerability and poverty, and ultimately to improve social protection policies and programmes.

A package of resources on gender, vulnerability and social protection were released as outputs of this research project. The package includes:

  • Country case studies from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru and Viet Nam.
  • A background note and regional paper on Latin America.
  • Country-specific background notes from Indonesia and Viet Nam.
  • A synthesis working paper and briefing paper
  • A briefing paper on political economy
  • A toolkit
  • Finally, a conceptual framework 

    Our partners:

    • Brazil: Fabio Veras and Elydia Silva, UNDP IPC-IG
    • Ethiopia: Dr Tassew Woldehanna, Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University
    • India: Dr Nidhi Sadana, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
    • Indonesia: Sirojuddin Arif, SMERU Research Institute
    • Ghana: Christiana Amuzu, Independent Consultant 
    • Mexico: Paola Pereznieto, Independent Consultant  
    • Peru: Rosana Vagas, Independent Consultant
    • Vietnam: Dr Tran Van Anh, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Family and Gender Studies

Staff

Rebecca Holmes; Jen Morgan,

Supported by

  1. The politics of gender and social protection in Viet Nam: opportunities and challenges for a transformative approach

    Working papers

  2. The politics of gender and social protection in Indonesia: opportunities and challenges for a transformative approach

    Working papers

  3. The role of social protection in tackling food insecurity and under-nutrition in Indonesia

    Research reports

  4. The role of social protection in tackling food insecurity and under-nutrition in Viet Nam

    Research reports

  5. Gender inequality, risk and vulnerabilty in the rural economy: Refocusing the public works agenda to take account of economic and social risks

    Working papers

  6. Public works programmes in developing countries: reducing gendered disparities in economic opportunities?

    Working papers

  7. Social protection programming: the need for a gender lens

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. Rethinking social protection using a gender lens

    Working papers

  9. Gender, politics and social protection

    Briefing/policy papers

  10. How to design and implement gender-sensitive social protection programmes

    Toolkit/guidelines

  11. Cash transfers and gendered risks and vulnerabilities: lessons from Latin America

    Working papers

  12. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh

    Research reports

  13. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Peru

    Research reports

  14. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Mexico

    Research reports

  15. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Ethiopia

    Research reports

  16. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Ghana

    Research reports

  17. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in India

    Research reports

  18. Gendered risks, poverty and vulnerability in Indonesia

    Research reports