Enhanced gender equality through social protection programmes – what do we know?

17 October, 08:30 – 11:00, Fredsgatan 2, Medelhavsmuseet

Breakfast will be served from 8.30

Social protection programmes, especially cash transfers provided to poor and vulnerable households in low- and middle-income countries, have increased drastically during the past decades. These programmes aim to reduce poverty – but what impact can they have on gender equality?

At this seminar, the EBA will launch a new overview, by the organization Promundo, which has assessed whether social safety net programmes have included a gender analysis with a perspective of men. The authors argue for applying a gender transformative approach where men are understood as allies for achieving women’s empowerment.

We will discuss the possibilities and limitations of this and explore what roles different actors could have.



08.30 Registration and breakfast

09.00 Introduction, Julia Schalk, EBA
Development and impact of social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, UNU-WIDER.

Sweden’s support to social protection systems, a global overview, Ulrika Lång, Sida

Applying a Men and Masculinities Lens to the Gendered Impacts of Social Safety Nets, Gary Barker and Giovanna Lauro, Promundo

10:10 Panel Discussion: Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Ulrika Lång, Gary Barker, Gunnel Axelsson Nycander

Questions from audience

11:00 Seminar ends


Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo

Giovanna Lauro, Vice President of Programs and Research, Promundo

Ulrika Lång, Senior Policy Advisor Social Protection and Institutional Development, Africa Department, Sida

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Development Economist, Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER

Gunnel Axelsson Nycander, Policy Advisor, Act Svenska Kyrkan

Julia Schalk, EBA, moderator