SDDirect views social protection as a key component of efforts to tackle poverty. Social protection provides practical and policy tools to ensure that the poorest, most vulnerable and excluded members of society have basic incomes and support. It also helps to provide people with opportunities to take action to protect themselves from the risk of falling into or remaining in extreme poverty.
Experience has shown that cash transfer programmes have been effective in addressing the immediate needs of the chronically poor and those affected by emergencies, such as earthquakes or tsunamis. Although information from evaluations is still relatively limited, a number of studies document the positive effects on household economic circumstances of direct social assistance; some demonstrate longer-term positive effects, especially on children’s nutrition and educational opportunities.
SDDirect consultants combine wide-ranging expertise and experience in the various aspects of social protection, including the design, implementation, targeting and evaluation of direct social assistance and social insurance initiatives. We also work on relief and recovery programmes and provide a range of advice and support to policy development. We work directly on social welfare and referral services, promoting access by marginalised groups, as well as undertaking broader research and analysis on poverty and exclusion and specific research on social protection.
We work with a variety of clients including international organisations, development agencies, governments, non-government organisations and community groups to conceive, implement and improve social protection measures and contribute to poverty reduction and improved human development outcomes, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.
It is estimated that there are between 7 to 9 million children in Nigeria who are out of school. Social Development Direct, as a core partner in the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN), is helping to change this through technical assistance provided directly to state and federal governments. ESSPIN is one of the UK government's largest international development programmes and will support quality basic education reform over a six-year period.
The garment industry in Cambodia has been a vital source of income for Cambodia since 1997, accounting for almost 95% of the country’s exports. In 2004 the garment industry provided jobs to an estimated 280,000 workers, of which 85-90% were women.