Social programs and transfers: Are we learning?

dc.creatorLeibbrandt, Murray
dc.creatorWoolard, Ingrid
dc.descriptionDocuments the historical context for the current cash transfer programs in South Africa, examines evidence concerning the aggregate impact of these cash transfers on poverty levels, and argues for a stronger focus on active labor market policies to complement the extensive system of cash transfers. There are two separate aspects of social security: the insurance concept (social insurance) and the redistribution concept (social assistance). In some respects, South Africa is an exceptional case for a developing country in the extent of its social assistance provision, with cash transfers going to more than a quarter of the population. It is a middle-income country with almost no public debt, so the cash transfer programs are financed from tax revenue rather than donor funding or borrowing. The immediate objective of cash transfer programs is to alleviate hardship among vulnerable groups, and reduction in poverty over the postapartheid period has been strongly associated with the expansion of social grants.
dc.identifierLeibbrandt, M. and Woolard, I. (2013). Social programs and transfers: Are we learning?, Proceedings from 2010 Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, Global. pp 363-384.
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - South Africa KW - Cash transfers KW - Labour market policies LK - PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Social programs and transfers: Are we learning? TI - Social programs and transfers: Are we learning? UR - ER - en_ZA
dc.publisher2010 Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectCash transfers
dc.subjectLabour market policies
dc.titleSocial programs and transfers: Are we learning?
dc.typeJournal Article