Social transfers and chronic poverty: Objectives, design, reach and impact

by Armando Barrientos and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), 2011

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In the first decade of the new century, social protection has emerged as a new paradigm for antipoverty policy thinking in the global South. Social protection programmes are currently reaching, and helping change, the lives of more than 860 million people worldwide. This reflects an emerging consensus that eradicating world poverty requires economic growth, basic service provision and social protection. The report focuses on three policy questions: first, do programme objectives address chronic poverty? Second, are programme design features – the identification and selection of beneficiaries, delivery mechanisms and complementary interventions – effective in reaching chronically poor households? And third, do social assistance programmes benefit the chronically poor?

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