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In the quarter-century since the publication in 1990 of the first Human Development Report, the world has made astounding strides in reducing poverty and improving the health, education, and living conditions of hundreds of millions of people.

On Tuesday, March 29th the Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) was held to discuss “Social Development, experiences to reduce poverty and promote inclusion with equity.”

Based on the evidence, it would appear that the best conclusion on the value of conditions is that there is no robust evidence of any positive impact deriving from their use. Indeed, in some cases they have been shown to be less effective than unconditional programmes and may well cause harm.

XI Edition: International Seminar on Social Policies for Development

The Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger of Brazil is pleased to invite government representatives interested in learning more about the Brazilian social development policies to participate in the XI International Seminar Social Policies for Development, which will be held in Brasília, Brazil, from May 10th to 13th, 2016. The event is supported by the Centre of Excellence against Hunger of the World Food Programme, the Initiative World without Poverty (WWP), the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:30 to Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:30

Event: Research and knowledge: what role for evidence in the new aid strategy?

Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development will deliver a Sussex Development Lecture on research and knowledge at DFID: what role for evidence in the new aid strategy?

About the speaker

As DFID Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Watts' is responsible for:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:45

Webinar ->Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools

The Webinar will explore the content of the book, “Towards universal social protection: Latin American pathways and policy tools”, published by ECLAC. The book details and debates ECLAC’s view on social protection, discussing the policy tools and programmes pursued in Latin America, using a rights-based approach. It also addresses the expanding social protection coverage in the region, with a view of achieving universal coverage.

11 - 11.30am – Presenter: Simone Cecchini
(Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, ECLAC)

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:00 to 12:00

Ecuador introduced its Multidimensional Poverty Index, a work on measurement coordinated by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), which will provide an in depth understanding of poverty in Ecuador based on which public policies that help to eradicate the phenomenon may be outlin

IF social scientists and policy makers have learned anything about how to help the world’s poorest people, it’s not to trust our intuitions or anecdotal evidence about what kinds of antipoverty programs are effective.

Event: Trajectories of Inequality in Brazil

The challenges Brazil faces nowadays, in particular the ongoing crisis of governance and a deep economic recession, raise important questions about the country’ s capacity to preserve impressive gains it made in recent decades to reduce historically high levels of social, economic,  and political inequalies. This is the context of a daylong seminar the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center will convene on February 16, in partnership with the University of São Paulo Centro de Estudos da Metrópole and the São Paulo Science Foundation (FAPESP).

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 09:00

Even as substantive legislation in Washington remained largely bogged down by bitter partisan mistrust, some of the leading thinkers on opposite sides of the ideological divide — experts on the right who have advised Republican policy makers alongside left-leaning scholars who have Democrats’ ear


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