Africa is now in a much-improved position to support its poor and vulnerable people. It has more money, more policy commitment and abundant intervention programmes. Yet the number of citizens living lives of desperation, or at risk of destitution, is at an all-time high, and still rising. What is turning such positive prospects into such a disappointing result?
Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa reveals key answers, drawing on empirical studies of cash transfer programmes in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Social cash transfer might be the most effective "safety net" formula to emerge so far. The country chapters in this book explore why it works and how it might be harnessed for poverty alleviation. The studies uncover the very different motives of donors, politicians and the poor themselves for making it their preferred choice; why governments are not expanding the donor-driven pilot programmes as expected, and why ruling elites are not trying to help or hinder a concept which, on the face of it, could derail one of their most lucrative gravy trains.
This book will be of value and interest to researchers and students of African politics, African social policy and sociology, as well as policy maker and donors.
1. Politics, Public Policy and Social Protection in Africa: An Introduction and Overview, Nicholas Awortwi
2. Political Patronage And The Expansion Of Cash Transfer Programmes In Kenya, Fredrick O. Wanyama and Erick O. Nyambedha
3. The Scope and Limits of Ghana’s "Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty" Programme, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Seidu Alidu, Ellen Bortei-Doku Aryeetey , George Domfe, Ralph Armah
4. Public Policy, intergovernmental Politics and the Piloting of Cash Transfers in Nigeria, Akinpelu Olanrewaju Olutayo and Ezekiel Best
5. Social Assistance As Election Bait: The Expansion Of Senior Citizens’ Cash Transfer Programme in Uganda, Margaret Angucia and Mesharch W. Katusiimeh
6. Social Contract In The Absence Of A Written Policy: Provision Of Social Assistance In Botswana, Emmanuel Botlhale, Mogopodi Lekorwe, Baakile Motshegwa, and Bashi Mothusi
7. Conclusion: Reluctant Domestic and Enthusiastic International Actors of Cash Transfer Programmes in Africa, Nicholas Awortwi
Once seen only as a continent of poverty, violence and corruption, the Africa of today is a vibrant place where social forces demand representative governance, in the process generating fresh forms of complexities in the political, social and economic life of ordinary Africans. Whether what we are witnessing is a third liberation of the continent: the first from colonialism, the second from autocratic indigenous rule and now something far more different, is a work in progress.
This series seeks original approaches to furthering our understanding of the ensuing changes on the continent. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of African politics. It looks at the full range and variety of African politics in the twenty-first century covering the changing nature of African society, gender issues, economic prosperity and poverty to the development of relations between African states, external organisations and between leaders and the people they would govern. The series aims to publish work by senior scholars as well as the best new researchers and features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialised texts.
To submit a proposal for Contempoary African Politics please contact Leanne Hinves Leanne.Hinves@tandf.co.uk