• Social Commitment Social Commitment We are committed to pro-poor, equitable and inclusive economic growth and to social protection for vulnerable people as a developmental response to poverty.
  • Policy Support Policy Support EPRI has provided support and advisory work to DFID, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, AusAID, GTZ, Irish Aid and a wide range of national governments and non-governmental organisations on six continents.
  • Capacity Building Capacity Building EPRI aims to build South-South cooperation and develop local knowledge through a variety of past and ongoing initiatives.
  • Research Research The majority of EPRI’s current research focuses on social protection; policies and programmes that are designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by providing assistance to groups who need special care, or by helping people protect themselves against hazards and loss of assets/income.


2018 Applications Now Open: Designing and Implementing Social Transfers Programmes Courses

The Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), together with the UNU– MERIT/ Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), are happy to announce that applications are now being accepted for 2018 Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes courses, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa (6 – 18 August 2018) and in Chiang Mai, Thailand (1 – 12 October 2018).

What’s on offer?

The two-week intensive course includes a number of specialised modules aimed at providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the design and implementation of social protection programmes. The course will reinforce the skills required to identify, design and implement effective social protection programmes.

The programme attracted over 1000 participants from across the world and diverse professional backgrounds including business, public policy, government, development partners and NGO’s. The diversity in the classroom enables interaction with a wide range of perspective and creates a global experience for participants on the programme. An outstanding team of international experts, skilled professionals and leaders in the field will teach the course. The certificated course will be jointly accredited by the UNU-MERIT/ Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the Economic Policy Research Institute.

>Find out more about the Cape Town Course (click here)

>Find out more about the Chiang Mai Course (click here)




Draft Synthesis Report: Landscaping financial inclusion and It's linkages with Social Protection in Africa

A Report by the Economic Policy Research Institute commissioned by the Mastercard Foundation    MasterCardFoundationFinancialLandscapingSocialProtectionLinkagesAfrica20151207zMJS

Mastercard Foundation commissioned: Policy Brief: Landscaping Financial Inclusion and It's Linkages to Social Protection in Africa


UNICEF Thailand: What is a child support grant?

A video about the concept of Child Support Grant as a social protection for children from low-income families.

Child support grants are regular cash payments made to the parents or caregivers of children living in poor households to help meet essential living costs; in some countries they are called child allowances or child benefits.

EPRI in the News: What can SAGE learn from East Africa?


Written by Edward Ssekika

In the 1990s, social protection in East Africa sounded very outlandish reminiscent of Western welfare states.

The idea of social protection started gaining momentum around the 2000s. It started in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and now Uganda. Uganda’s Expanding Social Protection programme (ESP) started in 2010 and is designed to help vulnerable individuals and  households so that they can access basic needs – although initial evidence shows that some recipients are creatively investing and ‘growing’ the grants.

One of the major pillars of social protection in Uganda is Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE), a pilot scheme which, among others, offers monthly cash grants to senior citizens [old persons] in 15 selected districts. Pius Bigirimana, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, recently told The Observer that government is considering scaling up the SAGE programme to cover the entire country.

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EPRI in the News: Graduating from Social Protection

By: Michael Samson


The framework developed in this article illustrates how social protection with a developmental approach can deepen socioeconomic impact at individual and household level and effectively address apprehension over dependency. The starting point examines various definitions of ‘graduation’ within a social protection context – as exit from poverty, or from the social protection system, or alternatively as a process of continually strengthening household developmental outcomes. Appropriately designed and effectively implemented, a ‘graduation’ approach can sustainably promote dynamic outcomes, with inclusive economic expansion reinforcing poverty reduction, which in turn contributes to further growth and development. These micro-oriented initiatives will likely work best when embedded within a broader macro development framework that integrates and strengthens the range of social and economic policy instruments implemented by government. This article maps out a path for policymakers aiming to strengthen the pro-poor and inclusive economic growth and development impacts of social protection by incorporating a graduation approach.


Read more here

EPRI in the News: Financing Social Protection in Tanzania and Uganda

by Emmanuel Kisaame and Jason Braganza

Why social protection?

Social protection plays an integral role in ensuring benefits from development and growth are sustainable and that no one gets left behind in the fight against chronic and extreme poverty. In addition, it enables people to invest in their livelihoods and improves resilience and social cohesion resulting in human capital development (see figure below). In a recent briefing on social protection, Development Initiatives provides evidence on this critical focus area for investments to end poverty in least developed countries.

Multidimensional impacts of social protection (i)

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Register Now: Economic Strengthening for Orphans and Vulnerable Children


Register now: available in-person or via online live stream.

May 6, 2015
8:30 am – 2:00 pm US EST
FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC

The event jointly organized by The SEEP Network and the International Rescue Committee as part of the Accelerated Strategies for Practical Innovation & Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project, led by FHI360 in a consortium of 20 members, working to promote evidence-based state-of-the-art approaches to promote high quality economic strengthening programs for orphans and vulnerable children.

Uganda: How Social Protection Grants Can Be a Force for Development


Interview with Dr. Michael Samson: How is South Africa bringing agriculture and social protection together?

FAO, with support from UNICEF and in collaboration with other members of the Agriculture and Social Protection in Africa Technical Reference Group, which include the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD), the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), the African Union (AU), New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank organized a two-day consultative workshop on 25 and 26 November 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

During the workshop, as part of the From Protection to Production (PtoP) Regional Workshop “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection”, FAO interviewed EPRI’s Director of Research, Dr. Michael Samson. The topic of the interview was: “How is South Africa bringing agriculture and social protection together?”

FAO has also shared a video on their website, which features clips from interviews conducted with participants who gave their insights on why coherence between agriculture and social protection is important and what issues need to be addressed to bring together the two sectors.


If you would like to view photos of the training, please visit EPRI on Facebook.

*All materials, videos and photos produced as part of FAO’s From Protection to Production (PtoP) project.