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Paper for presentation at the Conference on Social Protection for Chronic Poverty
Institute for Development Policy and Management
University of Manchester
23-24 February 2005

 

This paper examines the role of public works as a social protection instrument in the context of chronic poverty. From a wide range of possible social assistance options, public works are experiencing continued popularity and policy prominence and are widely used throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa, often with funding from international donor agencies, including the World Bank, DFID and the ILO. The adoption of public works in situations of chronic poverty is however challenged in a growing body of literature from a range of critical commentators, as well as within the Bank and the ILO themselves. Even so, such programmes continue to be implemented, and this paper examines the assumptions underlying their continued implementation, and some of the challenges to these assumptions, drawing on
experiences from South Africa and Malawi.

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