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The UN, Brazil and DFID Join Forces to Promote Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Project Will Develop Capacities and Promote Learning Exchanges between Brazil and African Nations in the Field of Women’s Empowerment and Social Protection

Credit: UNDP Brazil/Bárbara de Oliveira

Credit: UNDP Brazil/Bárbara de Oliveira

Brasilia, February 12, 2015 – The UNDP Resident Representative and UN coordinator in Brazil, Jorge Chediek, and the Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Brazil, Indranil Chakrabarti, signed on February 10 a new partnership aimed at fighting poverty and promoting gender equality, mainly in low-income countries (LICs) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The project “Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation” will foster the sharing of knowledge and experiences on poverty reduction strategies, gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a focus on ending violence against women and increasing their economic inclusion. It will be implemented over the next two years, through triangular and South-South cooperation and learning exchanges with different countries, including Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia.

The project will seek to achieve the following main outcomes:

  • Increased and improved knowledge-sharing and learning in Africa LICs on the design and implementation of social protection programmes inspired by relevant Brazilian models, contributing to national poverty reduction strategies;
  • Improved monitoring and evaluation of social development and social protection programmes in Nigeria, as a result of technical capacity development supported by the project;
  • Increased capacities in Africa LICs to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls inspired by relevant Brazilian experiences;
  • Strengthened public policies planning in Mozambique through the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women, child mortality reduction, and maternal health improvement.

Project activities will be carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG/UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women, in close partnership with the Brazilian government, especially with the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS), the Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM), and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

Social protection policies, such as cash transfer programmes, have been proven to be a key component of national poverty and inequality reduction strategies. The IPC-IG will build upon previous research experience and South-South dialogue activities to facilitate knowledge exchanges on social protection between Brazil and African nations. In addition, the Centre will be providing technical support to improve monitoring and evaluation capacities in Nigeria.

Who we are:

The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global forum for South-South dialogue on innovative development policies guided by a partnership agreement between UNDP and the Government of Brazil, represented by the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (SAE/PR). The IPC-IG has long contributed to knowledge sharing between Brazil and African countries. Between 2007 and 2010, it promoted Brazil-Africa cooperation in the area of social protection through the Africa-Brazil Cooperation Programme on Social Development, a DFID-supported project implemented in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development (MDS).

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Denise Santos
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