Social protection is now considered a development milestone and an important tool in combating poverty. Interventions can include, for example, health insurance, public works programs, guaranteed employment schemes, or cash transfers targeting vulnerable populations groups.
This innovative volume is designed to develop understanding about the role and contribution of social protection globally and to share innovative practice and policies from around the world. It explores how to cover an entire population effectively, especially those who are at risk or who are already in a situation of deprivation, and in a sustainable manner. Divided into two parts, the book begins by exploring the theoretical underpinnings of social protection, discussing the social work and social development perspectives and concepts that currently shape it. The second part is comprised of case studies from countries implementing successful social protection initiatives, including Brazil, India, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia, and reveals how the impact of a successful social protection intervention on poverty, vulnerability and inequality can be dramatic.
This volume is an important reference for advanced students and researchers from a range of disciplines including social policy, social work, development studies, geography, planning, economics, sociology, population health and political science.
Table of Contents
Foreword Klaus Kuehne 1. Introduction Julie L. Drolet 2. The Historical and Current Context of Social Protection: The Development of the Social Protection Floor Initiative Julie L. Drolet and Crystal Kwan 3. 'Recovery for All' and Reducing Inequality: Austerity and Poverty Elimination Crystal Kwan and Julie L. Drolet 4. Social Protection: A Human Right to Promote Social Justice and Equity Sekar Srinivasan, Malakkaran Johny Jino and Edakkat Subhakaran Sriji 5. Key Concepts and Definitions of Social Protection, Social Development and Related Terms Tiffany Sampson and Julie L. Drolet 6. Adaptive Social Protection: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reducation Haorui Wu and Julie L. Drolet 7. Social Protection and the Fight Against Poverty Valter Martins 8. The Bolsa Familia Program in the Context of Social Protection in Brazil: A Debate on Central Issues- Focus and Impact on Poverty Maria Ozanira da Silva e Silva 9. Toward Livelihood Security Through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): An Initiative of the Government of India Miriam Samual and S. Srinivasan 10. The South African Child Support Grant and Dimensions of Social Justice Vivienne Bozalek and Tessa Hochfeld 11. Social Protection in Ghana: Old Challenges and New Initiatives Ziblim Abukari and Linda Kreitzer 12. Child-sensitive Social Protection Initiatives in Nigeria: A Role for Indigenous Social Care Augusta Y. Olaore, Vickie Ogunlade and Chidimma Aham-Chiabuotu 13. Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reducation and Community Resilience: Evidence from Rural Areas in Indonesia Saut Sagala, Dodon Yamin, Alpian A. Pratama and Elisabeth Rianawati 14. Conclusion Julie L. Drolet
Julie L. Drolet is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada.