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Social Protection in Africa

Frank Ellis, Professor, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK, Stephen Devereux, Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and Philip White, former Research Fellow, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
The purpose of this book is to make accessible to a broad audience the ideas, principles and practicalities of establishing effective social protection in Africa. It focuses on the major shift in strategy for tackling hunger and vulnerability, from emergency responses mainly in the form of food transfers to predictable cash transfers to the chronically poorest social groups. The diverse case studies in this book provide a unique and timely exploration of the effective, and less effective, ways that social transfers are delivered to the chronically poor and vulnerable in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Publication Date: 2009
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This timely book makes accessible to a broad audience the ideas, principles and practicalities of establishing effective social protection in Africa. It focuses on the major shift in strategy for tackling hunger and vulnerability, from emergency responses mainly in the form of food transfers to predictable cash transfers to the chronically poorest social groups.

The first part of the book comprises nine theme chapters, covering vulnerability, targeting, delivery, coordination, cost-effectiveness, market impacts, and asset effects, while the second part consists of fifteen social protection case studies. The continuous interplay between these two parts makes for a unique contribution to the contemporary literature on social protection. The book takes a positive and forward looking view regarding the feasibility of achieving successful social transfers to the poorest in Africa; nevertheless, a critical stance is taken where appropriate, and unresolved strategic issues regarding the targeting, coverage and scale of social transfers are highlighted.

Social Protection in Africa is an essential read for personnel, advisors and consultants working for aid donors, United Nations agencies, NGOs and governments on social transfer programmes in sub-Saharan African countries. In addition, the book represents a valuable resource for training courses on social protection, and will be vital reading for Masters level students and researchers studying emergency relief, social protection, vulnerability and poverty reduction in low-income countries.
Contents: Preface Part I: Themes 1. Overview 2. Vulnerability 3. Targeting 4. Delivery 5. Coordination and Coverage 6. Cost-effectiveness 7. Market Effects 8. Asset Protection and Building 9. Lesson Learning: Strengths, Weaknesses and the State of the Art Part II: Case Studies from Southern Africa 10. Introduction to the Case Studies Case Studies: 1. Old Age Pension, Lesotho 2. Food Subsidy Programme, Mozambique 3. Public Works Programmes, Malawi 4. Dowa Emergency Cash Transfer, Malawi 5. Social Cash Transfers, Zambia 6. Urban Food Programme, Zimbabwe 7. Food Assistance Programme, Mozambique 8. School Feeding, Lesotho 9. Neighbourhood Care Points for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Swaziland 10. Education Material Fairs, Mozambique 11. Input Subsidy Programme, Malawi 12. Food Security Packs, Zambia 13. Input Trade Fairs, Mozambique 14. Chief’s Fields for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Swaziland 15. Small Livestock Transfers, Zimbabwe References Index