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

World Development (2012), Vol. 40, No. 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.04.004

Posted: 24 Jul 2014

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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: 2012

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

Suggested Citation

Nino-Zarazua, Miguel and Barrientos, Armando and Hulme, David and Hickey, Sam, Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa. Getting the Politics Right (2012). World Development (2012), Vol. 40, No. 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.04.004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470428

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David Hulme

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Sam Hickey

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