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

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

by Jeanine Braithwaite, Soniya Carvalho, Kalanidhi Subbarao
     
 

ISBN-10: 0821338900

ISBN-13: 9780821338902

Pub. Date: 05/28/1997

Publisher: World Bank Publications

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821338902
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Publication date:
05/28/1997
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
1Introduction1
2Conceptual Issues in the Analysis of Social Assistance and Poverty-Targeted Programs15
3Cross-Country Patterns of Cash Transfers25
4Cross-Country Patterns of In-Kind Transfers45
5Income Generation Programs69
6Innovations in the Delivery and Organization of Social Assistance and Poverty-Targeted Programs93
7Modes of Financing Social Assistance Programs117
8The Political Economy of Social Assistance Programs135
9Choosing and Designing Programs159
References171

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