In your own way

Social Protection

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Understanding Social Protection: a Conversation with Stephen Devereux and Keetie Roelen

“We have reached a point where we now know that social protection is here to stay …and this provides a solid base to go forward.”

Social protection, despite being a relatively new term in development, has drawn a lot of attention, debates and discussions. Many governments, international organisations, donors and NGOs have adopted social protection into their policy agenda in recent years. The Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), founded in 2005, is a global hub for developing cutting-edge thinking on social protection. Say for Development had the opportunity to have a conversation with two co-Directors of the Centre, Stephen Devereux* and Keetie Roelen*.


A Reflection on Myself and A Few Development Policies

Mahmudul Hoque Moni*


Reflective Practice and Social Change module at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) inspired me to write a reflective piece on myself. I have been a photographer for the last eight years, and I have made a number of documentary films including a short video on the British Library for Development Studies (BLDS)1 this year. Earlier I showcased my photographs at the event ‘150 Shades of Perspective: A photographic exhibition’ at IDS which mostly depicted my journey at the UK and in the IDS. These activities prompted me towards reflecting on my own life. As a student of development studies, I find it worth to critically think about the impact of development policies on various spheres of my life.

Participant (right) of BRAC's graduation programme

Can all women graduate? The challenges of graduation programmes

Sarabe Chan*  


The graduation model has been hailed as one of the most comprehensive approaches to lifting even the most destitute households out of extreme poverty (Hashemi & Umaira, 2011). In this paper, I attempt to offer a more nuanced perspective on the difficulties that female programme participants may face.

The graduation model was pioneered in 2002 when BRAC Bangladesh developed the 18-month “Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction – Targeting the Ultra Poor” programme (CFPR/TUP).