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Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Getting the Politics Right

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (), Armando Barrientos, Samuel Hickey and David Hulme

World Development, 2012, vol. 40, issue 1, 163-176

Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the recent extension of social protection in sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies two main “models” of social protection in the region: one based on age-based income transfers in the middle income countries in Southern Africa, and another more diverse and incipient group of programs providing a mix of poverty-based transfers in the low income countries in Eastern, Central, and West Africa. It concludes that for an effective institutional framework for social protection to evolve in sub-Saharan Africa, the present focus on the technical design of programs needs to be accompanied by analyses that contribute to also “getting the politics right.”

Keywords: social protection; poverty; social assistance; social policy; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.04.004

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