Social Protection Programs for Africa’s Drylands

by Carlo del Ninno, Sarah Coll-Black, and Pierre Fallavier
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank, 2016

85 pp. 2.3 MB
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This paper explores the role of social protection in promoting the well-being and prosperity of people living in dryland regions of sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Based on a review of recent experience, it argues that social protection policies and programs have an important role in promoting the resilience of the people residing in these areas. Social protection programs, when well designed and carefully implemented at scale, can reduce vulnerability to droughts and other shocks and promote coping capacity.

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