Our work

Research Strategy

IPC-IG's research is rigorous and cross-disciplinary. It brings together economists, demographers, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and experts in the field of international relations with the common goal of fighting poverty and reducing inequality. The research programmes are complementary in nature and designed to reach a wide audience through research, training programmes, advisory services and fellowships, and by supporting knowledge-based networks.

South-South Dialogue

IPC-IG contributes significantly to the promotion of South-South dialogue through a number of activities, such as: i) Sharing innovative policy experiences in the South; ii) Supporting capacity building of policymakers, development practitioners and UN specialists through a series of training programmes; iii) Hosting government representatives and scholars from developing countries; iv) Organising Study Tours; v) Networking with governments in the South.

Areas of Work

Area 1: Social Protection

  • Design and Impact Evaluations of Social Protection Programmes in Developing Countries;
  • Analysis of Food Security and Support for Smallholder Farmers.

Area 2: Population and Social Policies

  • Human Settlement, Social Groups and Equity;
  • Living Standards and M&E of Poverty Reduction Strategies.

Area 3: South-South Learning – Knowledge Management and Sharing

  • Organization of Study Visits and International Seminars on South-South Learning;
  • Development of National Evaluation Capacities;
  • Online Platforms and Forums;
  • Engagement and advocacy strategies;
  • Internship and Fellowship programmes.

Ongoing Projects

For over 10 years, the Centre has been working to meet the requests of countries of the South, as well as developing and providing country-and-context-specific solutions frame around the three pillars: knowlede production, knowledge sharing and capacity strengthening. Solutions have been developed together with policymakers and experts, empowering and strengthening both human and institutional capacities and resources.  

In 2017, the Centre undertook 21 projects in partnership with other institutions, including: the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID); The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government (DFAT); the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ); the World Bank; the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); the World Food Program (WFP).


On Knowledge Production

  • ƒƒ Promoting local food purchases for food assistance in the African continent—purchase from Africans for Africa (PAA Africa): implement the monitoring and support the evaluation of the PAA Africa project;
  • ƒƒMonitoring and evaluation for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s projects in Brazil: support the strengthening and structuring of the M&E of IFAD projects in Brazil and design M&E systems for IFAD projects currently under development in the country, as well as validate the systems on online platforms for follow-up purposes;
  • Enhancing the child sensitivity of social protection systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in partnership with UNICEF Egypt: improve the child focus of the M&E component of the Egyptian Takafol and Karama cash transfer programme, by assisting the Ministry of Social Solidarity to achieve the following: integrate child indicators in the programme’s M&E framework; acquire the tools and capacities required to collect data on proposed child indicators; and provide the foundation to undertake future evaluations of the programme’s impact on children;
  • ƒƒThe effect of social protection benefits on growth and equality: identify and quantify the role played by social protection benefits on inclusive growth. Facilitate technical assistance in documenting experiences, as well as creating, promoting and administering an online community on HIV-sensitive social protection systems on the socialprotection.org online platform;
  • ƒƒTechnical support to HIV-sensitive social protection initiatives and facilitation of South-South cooperation: facilitate technical assistance in documenting experiences, as well as creating, promoting and administering an online community on HIV-sensitive social protection systems on the socialprotection.org online platform;
  • ƒƒMonitoring and evaluation of the WFP’s social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) project in Mozambique’s Manica province: monitor and evaluate an innovative social and behaviour change communication project to improve the health and nutrition of children in Mozambique’s Manica province;
  • ƒƒSupport to social protection knowledge production and policy analysis in the MENA region: support the production of social protection knowledge and policy analysis in MENA; provide on-demand remote technical support to all 16 UNICEF Country Offices in the MENA region and on-site technical support in selected cases;
  • ƒƒMonitoring and evaluation of Rio’s Olympic Villages: support the monitoring and evaluation (baseline and midline) of Nike Project’s targets for 22 Olympic Villages in the City of Rio de Janeiro;
  • ƒƒImpact evaluation of the World Food Programme’s interventions to improve market access for vulnerable smallholder farmers in Mozambique: evaluate the impact of the WFP`s support to 14 smallholder farmer organisations, with the aim of improving the market access and nutritional outcomes of their members;
  • ƒƒEvaluation of the coverage and benefit incidence of the WFP’s food fortification interventions in Mozambique under the MDG1c Programme: review the coverage and benefit incidence of food fortification of staple foods in Mozambique, within the WFP’s MDG1c initiative;
  • ƒƒStudies and proposals for measures towards the achievement of SDG 6 on water and sanitation for all: develop studies and propose a strategy for monitoring and management mechanisms for programmes and public policies across the Brazilian territory that contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation (water supply, depletion and final disposal components), to support the National Water Agency (ANA) in the implementation and monitoring of SDG 6 in the country;
  • Enhancing opportunities for vulnerable youth: hearing their voices to inform policies: Produce a study, based on original research, to influence policymaking towards facilitating youth participation in the labour force and educational systems in Brazil;

On Knowledge sharing

  • ƒƒSocial Protection Knowledge Sharing Gateway—socialprotection.org: manage socialprotection.org, an online collaborative platform dedicated to knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and collaboration on social protection themes;
  • ƒƒ Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation—Outcome 1: promote knowledge-sharing and learning on social protection issues between Brazil and African low-income countries, helping to reduce poverty in Africa;
  • ƒƒ Support to the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP): the IPC-IG is a co-founder of the WWP;
  • ƒƒInternational Seminar on Linking Climate Change and National Accounting: organisation of a seminar aimed at better understanding how national accounts systems incorporate climate change issues;

On Capacity Strenghthening 

  • ƒƒCourse on monitoring and evaluation in Mozambique: Design and implement a course (in Portuguese) on monitoring and evaluation arrangements for social protection systems in Mozambique;
  • ƒƒDesign and implementation of a training course on social protection in Luanda, Angola: strengthen national institutional capacities to implement a social protection system in Angola; support the country in producing evidence and supporting knowledge production in the context of the SIMSAP project;
  • ƒƒSocial protection study tour for the Republics of Congo and Mali: Foster inter-sectoral coordination of social protection interventions and start the process of influencing key sector stakeholders;
  • ƒƒAdaptation of the leadership & transformation curriculum on building and managing social protection floors in Africa (TRANSFORM) into online courses: adapt the 8 available TRANSFORM modules into an asynchronous, instructor-led online-course to be hosted by socialprotection.org, supported by other online educational organisations, such as the African Virtual University;
  • ƒƒSupport the Ministry of Social Assistance and Reintegration (MINARS) and other national institutions of Angola in strengthening assistance and social protection interventions in the country: provide technical assistance to strengthen capacities in the social protection sector in Angola, especially by providing instruction and expert advice in the area of monitoring and evaluation of social protection policies.

 For more information on our projects, read IPC-IG 2017 Activity Reports, and previously launched reports.


Ever since its creation in 2004, the IPC-IG has disseminated over 1.400 policy-oriented research publications that provide useful insights on various issues related to inclusive growth strategies. The number of downloads has reached more than 4.9 million  over 160 countries.
It has established and consolidated a global network that reaches out to selected stakeholders working in areas related to its thematic focus at government level and in academia, the United Nations and civil society organisations. IPC-IG’s training sessions, workshops and study tours have already involved more than 7,000 representatives of around 50 developing countries
Updated: March, 2018