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Author McCord, Anna

Title Public works and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa : do public works work for the poor? / Anna Gabriele McCord
Published Tokyo ; New York : United Nations University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxix, 224 pages) : illustrations
Contents Setting the scene : sub-Saharan African public works in context. The history of PWPs -- Public works programming in sub-Saharan Africa. Defining public works. The PWP typology -- The typology of PWPs in sub-Saharan Africa -- A schema of PWP objectives -- Poverty alleviation. The social protection function of public works programmes. Definition of social protection. Evaluating the performance of public works programmes. Current evaluation approaches. The impact of the wage. The transfer and stabilisation benefits of the wage -- The duration of the wage transfer -- The adequacy of the wage -- Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) PWP case study. The three vectors : assets. The value of assets created -- Social infrastructure -- The importance of asset production in different types of PWP -- Public works and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa. The three vectors : skills. -- Conceptual clarifications -- Are PWP an appropriate vehicle for skills development? -- Two South African case studies : context, methodology and analytical overview. The unemployment and social protection context -- Overview of the case study programmes. Assessing programme incidence. PWP access : targeting and rationing practices -- Incidence findings. Labour market findings. How to assess the labour market status of beneficiaries. The impact of programme participation on multi-dimensional aspects of poverty. Measuring the poverty impact -- Conclusion : re-evaluating the assumptions inherent in public works programmes. Problems with the current evidence base -- Why do PWPs remain so popular?
Summary Public Works Programme (PWPs) are a key component of current social protection provision in many sub-Saharan African countries, often constituting the only form of social security available for the able-bodied working-age poor
Notes "Published in 2012 in South Africa by UCT Press, an imprint of Juta and Company Ltd."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-215) and index
Notes English
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Subject Public works -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Poverty -- Government policy -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Poverty -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- International cooperation
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012032013
ISBN 9781920541668 (electronic bk.)
1920541667 (electronic bk.)