Closing the Gap: Potential Contribution of Social Assistance for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

by Franziska Gassmann and Sri Wening Handayani
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Briefs, No. 80, July 2017

98 pp. 775 kB

Social assistance programs, especially cash transfer programs, have become increasingly popular in low- and middle-income countries. Its positive impacts on the lives of the poor and vulnerable have also accumulated over the past decade. SDG Target 1.3 (Implement social protection, including floors) explicitly recognizes the potential of social protection systems for eradicating poverty. However, with social assistance policies underperforming in most countries, simply allocating more money—though urgently needed—will not solve the problem. This brief discusses how to close the social assistance gap through 2030.

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