Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Op-ed: Crocodiles and CROCO dials: How the metrics of Coverage, Rate, Ownership, Continuity and Opportunity demonstrate the superiority of life-course social protection

I have just read a paper on social protection in Africa with which I profoundly disagree. It has a good main title – “Beware of the Crocodile” – but it goes steadily downhill from there. Even the sub-title is misleading: “Quantitative Evidence on How Universal Old Age Grants Distort the Social Assistance Systems of Low-Income Countries”. It’s about as “quantitative” as Roald Dahl’s “The Enormous Crocodile”; it provides as much solid “evidence” as one of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories (perhaps “How the Crocodile Got its Teeth”), and the two countries whose “old age grants” have allegedly “distorted their social assistance systems” are not in fact “low-income” countries! Read More