Are Public Works Programmes Effective in Reinforcing Social Protection Systems?

Evidence from Northern Namibia

by Ojijo Odhiambo, Johannes Ashipala and Fabian Mubiana
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), United Nations Development Programme, Namibia, February 2015

30 pp. 909 kB:
http://www.ipc-
undp.org/pub/eng/WP132_Are_Public_Works_Programmes_Effective_in_Reinforcing_
Social_Protection_Systems.pdf
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The publication uses data and information from a survey conducted in northern Namibia to analyse the effectiveness of public works programmes (PWPs) in creating employment, reducing poverty and reinforcing existing social protection systems in the country. It confirms the positive effect of PWPs in participants’ socio-economic well-being and suggests the design of complementary policies and programmes that promote long-term investments in rural areas so that PWPs can be even more effective in reinforcing the existing social protection system.

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