'Growing' social protection in developing countries: Lessons from Brazil and South Africa

Barrientos, Armando, Møller, Valerie, Saboia, João, Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter and Mase, Julia (2013) 'Growing' social protection in developing countries: Lessons from Brazil and South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 30 (1). pp. 54-68. ISSN 0376-835X

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The rapid expansion of social protection in the South provides a rich diversity of experiences and lessons on how best to reduce poverty and ultimately eradicate it. Knowledge on how best to ‘grow’ social assistance, understood as long-term institutions responsible for reducing and preventing poverty, is at a premium. This article examines the expansion of social assistance in Brazil and South Africa, two of the middle income countries widely perceived to have advanced furthest in ‘growing’ social protection. It examines three aspects: the primacy of politics in explaining the expansion of social protection and assistance, the tensions between path-dependence and innovation in terms of institutions and practices, and the poverty and inequality outcomes of social assistance expansion. The article concludes by drawing the main lessons for other developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 1 - no poverty ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/no_poverty
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Health and Disease
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 09:32
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45648
DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2013.756098

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