Grassroots Participation in Social Protection Programmes by the State: Lessons Learnt from five Pilots in Africa (APSP and Partners)


Social Protection (SP) as a tool to fight poverty and ensure inclusive growth is gaining increasing acceptance in Africa and the world. Actors in SP such as the APSP, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, the World Bank and the African Union define SP differently depending on their areas of emphasis, targeting methods or outcomes sought. But there is a common theme that runs through all these definitions: SP aims to provide a basic level of support to the most vulnerable members of society in order to cushion them from shocks resulting from economic downturns, droughts or rise in food prices.

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