1st Edition

Social Safety Nets and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries

By Jannatul Ferdous, AKM Ahsan Ullah Copyright 2024
    198 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the origins, current state, and fundamental value of social safety nets in developing countries, as well as their effectiveness in these settings. Social safety net programs (SSNPs) are critical because they keep those who are already vulnerable from falling deeper into poverty.

    Analysing how social safety nets benefit the most disadvantaged and marginalized members of society by allowing those in need to become financially stable, more resilient, and open up more opportunities for themselves, this book shows that social safety nets (SSNs) are a collection of social services designed to protect people from the effects of economic and emotional hardship.

    Showing that the purpose of the safety net is not to provide permanent financial security, but rather to provide temporary financial security during periodic shocks and how this applies in South Asia and also in parts of Africa, this book will be of interest to all scholars and students of social policy, sociology, social work, and Global South politics more generally.

    1.Introduction: Rethinking social safety nets.  2.Existing theories, conceptualization, and critics.  3.Poverty and social safety nets: A global picture.  4.Empirics and theories: Bridging evidence and insight.  5.Beneath the safety net: Is SSN a viable program?  6.Discussions and conclusions: Towards sustainable transformations.


    Jannatul Ferdous is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Comilla University, Bangladesh, and has a diverse academic background and extensive research contributions. Dr Ferdous holds a master’s degree, an MPhil in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in development studies from Dhaka University. Her research interests include population migration, governance, trust, gender, public policy, climate change, and development.

    AKM Ahsan Ullah is Associate Professor of Geography, Environment, and Development at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He has an extensive research portfolio and has worked with prestigious institutions such as the City University of Hong Kong, Institute of Population Health (IPH) at the University of Ottawa, McMaster University, Saint Mary's University, Dalhousie University in Canada, the American University in Cairo (AUC), Osnabruck University, Germany, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.