World Bank Group

Creating Economic Opportunities for the Poor through Safety Nets

Social safety nets in the form of cash, food grants, education and health services, nutritional programs, and public works that provide temporary jobs -- can reduce vulnerabilities and invest in families’ well-being. Yet, 773 million of the world’s poor are not covered by safety nets programs. A well-designed safety net program not only prevents families from falling back into poverty but also helps them jump back into a better life.