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Safety Net Programs and Poverty Reduction: Lessons from Cross-Country Experience

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Overview

The need for social safety nets has become a key component of poverty reduction strategies. Over the past three decades several developing countries have launched a variety of programs, including cash transfers, subsidies in-kind, public works, and income-generation programs. However, there is little guidance on appropriate program design, and few studies have synthesized the lessons from widely differing country experiences. This report fills that gap. It reviews the conceptual issues in the choice of programs, synthesizes cross-country experience, and analyzes how country- and region-specific constraints can explain why different approaches are successful in different countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821338902
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Directions in Development Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Conceptual Issues in the Analysis of Social Assistance and Poverty-Targeted Programs 15
3 Cross-Country Patterns of Cash Transfers 25
4 Cross-Country Patterns of In-Kind Transfers 45
5 Income Generation Programs 69
6 Innovations in the Delivery and Organization of Social Assistance and Poverty-Targeted Programs 93
7 Modes of Financing Social Assistance Programs 117
8 The Political Economy of Social Assistance Programs 135
9 Choosing and Designing Programs 159
References 171
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