A new generation of innovative social protection strategies is emerging in southern Africa. Although cash transfers are most prevalent, some country strategies include combinations of interventions such as food, livelihood inputs and support, asset building, public works and social services. The strategies vary in their commitment to social rights, their institutional and funding arrangements, the reach, scope and design of the programmes, and the behavioural conditions attached to grant access. The proliferation of national social protection in the Global South has been widely supported by governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
This book offers researchers and policymakers much to think about when considering the rapid growth of social protection in southern Africa, the challenges this presents and the opportunities it offers for social development and economic growth. Hence, the book is a contribution to scholarship and policy debate on how to solve intractable social development problems in Africa and elsewhere.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Development Southern Africa.
1. Introduction 2. Social development and social protection: New opportunities and challenges 3. Trajectories of social protection in Africa 4. Social protection, redistribution and economic growth 5. The politics of social protection expenditure and financing in southern Africa 6. ‘Growing’ social protection in developing countries: Lessons from Brazil and South Africa 7. Gender and child sensitive social protection in South Africa 8. The contribution of non-formal social protection to social development in Botswana 9. Social protection in Lesotho: Innovations and reform challenges 10. Are social protection programmes child-sensitive? 11. Tackling child poverty in South Africa: Implications of ubuntu for the system of social grants 12. The South African disability grant: Influence on HIV treatment outcomes and household well-being in KwaZulu-Natal