Towards Gender Equality: A critical assessment of evidence on social safety nets in Africa

Over the last decade, social safety nets (SSNs) have rapidly expanded in Africa, becoming a core strategy for addressing poverty, responding to shocks, increasing productivity and investing in human capital. Poverty, vulnerability and well-being have inherent gender dimensions, yet only recently has gender equality been considered as a potential program objective. This presentation referes to a study reviewing the evidence on the impact of SSNs on women’s wellbeing in Africa, a contribution to an understanding of how SSNs affect gender equality.