Insights and Contributions from SPRI Global

As the world gradually recovers from the pandemic’s profound impact, the need for structural changes in our economies to foster resilience, inclusivity, and sustainability has never been more pressing. This year’s International Annual SASPEN Conference, under the theme “A Decade of Social Protection with SASPEN: Taking Stock to Inform Social Protection Systems’ Strengthening in the SADC”, served as a critical platform to evaluate the progress in social protection over the past decade. The conference provided an opportunity to understand the gains and challenges in light of the current global context, and to explore avenues for enhancing social protection policies and programs.

SPRI Global proudly participated in this important event, represented by Mrs. Nesha Ramful-Meetoo and Mrs. Anaïs Dangeot. They presented three insightful papers, also on behalf of their co-authors, each tackling significant aspects of social protection and empowerment.

1. Women’s Empowerment and Social Protection: A Case Study in Zambia

Author: Nesha Ramful-Meetoo
Overview: This paper delves into the conceptualization and empirical measurement of women’s empowerment in Zambia, adopting a rights-based perspective. By reviewing international conventions, national legislation, and engaging with stakeholders, the study provides a nuanced understanding of women’s empowerment. It utilizes data from the Zambian Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2018, offering a comprehensive multivariate assessment of the determinants of women’s empowerment in the country.

2. Women’s Representation in National Social Registries: Learning from Mauritania

Authors: Anaïs Dangeot & Liên Boon
Overview: This study examines the inclusion mechanisms of women in social protection registries, focusing on Mauritania’s social registry data from 2016 to 2021. It evaluates the effectiveness of these registries, especially in times of systemic shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic, in providing timely assistance to the most vulnerable women. Employing a mixed-methods approach, the paper assesses how well the inclusion of women aligns with the registry’s overall coverage goals.

3. Identifying Poor Children: Understanding the Differences Between Poverty Approaches

Authors: Anaïs Dangeot & Romina Safojan
Overview: This study explores the effectiveness of various child poverty measures – monetary, subjective, and multidimensional – in identifying impoverished children. Analyzing Zambia’s 2015 Living Conditions Monitoring Survey (LCMS), which includes comprehensive child well-being data, the paper investigates the alignment of different poverty measures and their implications for policy.

Mrs. Nesha Ramful-Meetoo, a senior researcher, brings extensive expertise in quantitative studies focusing on child wellbeing, gender, poverty analysis, and social protection. Mrs. Anaïs Dangeot, a social protection expert, works on issues related to poverty, social protection, and public finance.

The participation of SPRI Global in the SASPEN Conference underscores our commitment to advancing the understanding and implementation of effective social protection systems. Through these presentations, we contribute to the vital discourse on enhancing social protection mechanisms to better serve vulnerable populations in diverse contexts.