ERD 2010 Launch Podcasts

Development policy’s missing piece

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This podcast explains how social protection – which is the focus of the recently released second edition of the European Report on Development – is the “missing piece” which completes the development jigsaw.

This podcast features (in order of appearance):

  • Giorgia Giovannetti, the ERD’s lead author, who introduces the concept of social protection, its benefits and the recommendations the ERD makes in this regard.
  • Michael Cichon, director of the social security department at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), who explains how social protection is the most powerful anti-poverty weapon available.
  • Georges Serres, deputy director-general of global affairs, development and partnership at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in France, who argues that the economic crisis has highlighted the importance of social protection for developing countries.
  • Françoise Moreau, acting director for EU development policy at the European Commission, who explains social protection can stimulate pro-poor development and economic growth.
  • Anthony Smith, head of international relations at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), who observes that social protection is entering the development mainstream because of its socio-economic importance.
  • Nicholas Freeland, head of the UK-funded Regional Hunger and Vulnerability Programme (RHVP) for southern Africa, who emphasises the importance of local ownership of social protection systems and mutual learning.
  • Jimi Adesina, professor of development, labour studies and social theory at Rhode University in South Africa, who believes that vision is more important than political will and that social protection can act as a powerful nation-building tool.
  • Aua Balde, a young lawyer from Guinea Bissau who is carrying out research on human rights abuses against West African children, is one of the New Faces for African Development. She talks about the importance of local ownership and the New Faces initiative.
  • Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, associate professor of economics at the University of North Florida, on the lessons Africa can learn from African experiences in social protection.

What they are saying about the European Report on Development

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Since its launch in early December 2010, the second edition of the European Report on Development (ERD 2010/2011) has drawn the attention of specialists and specialised publications, as well as the European, African and international media, including some of Europe’s top newspapers. It has also triggered debate in the blogosphere.

This podcast speaks to a number of stakeholders and gets their take on the report and its findings. It features (in order of appearance):

  • Bethan Emmett, social protection adviser at HelpAge International and member of the Grow Up Free From Poverty Coalition, who speaks about how social protection empowers the poor, stresses the importance of nationally owned social protection systems, and the need for social protection to be both ambitious and affordable.
  • Göran Holmqvist, senior policy analyst at the Nordic Africa Institute specialising in social protection, who talks about the dual short-/long-term nature of social protection, and the need to ensure that any support from donors in this field is sustainable.
  • Jasper Kleingeld, a conflict resolution specialist from the Netherlands, believes social protection can go a long way towards protecting the vulnerable, but notes that interventions in fragile states need to be approached with caution.
  • Barbara Caracciolo, project officer at Solidar, which is also a member of the European Working Group on Social Protection, speaks about future EU policy initiatives in the field of social protection and the crucial role the EU can play in the area of financing.