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Needs versus Expediency: Poverty Reduction and Social Development in Post-conflict Countries

Tony Addison (), Rachel Gisselquist (), Miguel Niño-Zarazúa () and Saurabh Singhal ()

No wp-2015-063, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can overwhelm public action, as there are many competing priorities and resources are often insufficient. What then should be the priorities for 'post-conflict' policy? Should it give, for example, higher priority to health or to livelihoods in allocating the resources available (financial, human, and institutional)? Should social protection be the main focus of effort and, if so, what form should it take?

Keywords: Economic development; Education; National security; Public health; War; Welfare economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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