Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Will the Green Shoots Blossom?

30 Pages Posted: 2 May 2010

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Miguel Niño‐Zarazúa

UNU-WIDER

Armando Barrientos

Global Development Institute

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Sam Hickey

University of Manchester

Date Written: April 30, 2010

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: the Southern Africa and Middle Africa models. It then assesses the contrasting policy processes behind these models and examines the major challenges they face as regards financing, institutional capacity and political support. It concludes that, for an effective institutional framework for social protection to evolve in sub-Saharan African countries, the present focus on the technical design of social protection programmes needs to be accompanied by analyses that contribute to also ‘getting the politics right.’

Keywords: Social Protection, Poverty, Transfer Programmes, Sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Classification: H53, I38, O55, P26

Suggested Citation

Nino-Zarazua, Miguel and Barrientos, Armando and Hulme, David and Hickey, Sam, Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Will the Green Shoots Blossom? (April 30, 2010). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 116. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1598822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1598822

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Armando Barrientos

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David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

Sam Hickey

University of Manchester ( email )

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Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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