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Spotlight on the Impact of Social Protection Schemes

Cover Pathways Perspectives7 November - A new paper published by Development Pathways explores the scope and impact of social protection schemes by identifying whether they fall into what the author calls a ‘charity paradigm’ or a ‘citizenship paradigm’.

Outlining examples of schemes from around the world illustrating both categories, this study explores how they operate and challenges the idea that all social protection programmes have a positive impact on poverty reduction. It calls for the IMF and the World Bank to be more objective in assessing the long-term impact and effectiveness of the systems they promote.