Since the turn of the century, social protection has emerged as one of the fastest growing areas of development policy and practice. Large-scale social assistance programs in middle-income developing countries make an important contribution to poverty reduction and vulnerability through direct transfers. These programs also advance knowledge on poverty and possible remedies. Increasingly, social protection is recognized as an essential component of an effective development strategy that combines growth, basic service provision, and social protection. The rationale, conceptual basis, design, and effectiveness of social protection in developing countries are contested.
— Suggested Readings
Barrientos, Armando and David Hulme (eds.) (2008). Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest: Concepts, Policies and Politics. London: Palgrave.
Fiszbein, Ariel and Norbert Schady (2009). Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Present and Future Poverty. World Bank Policy Research Report. Washington, DC: The World Bank. [PDF 5MB]
Grosh, Margaret, et al. (2008). For Protection and Promotion: The Design and Implementation of Effective Safety Nets. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
Hanlon, Joseph, Armando Barrientos and David Hulme (2010). Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the South. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press. [PDF 1.3MB]
Holzmann, Robert, David A. Robalino, and Noriyuki Takayama (2009). Closing the Coverage Gap: The Role of Social Pensions and Other Retirement Income Transfers. Washington, DC: The World Bank. [PDF 4.4MB]
Upendranadh, C., Institute of Human Development (IHD), and Institute of Development Studies (IDS). 2011. Extending and institutionalising social protection in Asia : a regional policy-research and network building program; report. Extending and Institutionalising Social Protection in Asia : a Regional Policy-Research and Network Building Program; Report. Institute of Human Development (IHD), New Delhi, IN.
Yamin, Alicia. (2006). Derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en América Latina Del invento a la herramienta. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.