Transformative social protection: Findings from the Zambian child grant and farmer input support programmes

In Southern Africa, in the past 10 years there has been an increase in expenditure on social protection programmes. While these are often conceived of primarily in terms of smoothing consumption patterns and alleviating the most severe forms of poverty, they should instead be viewed in a more fundamentally transformative way. The author argues that the current turn towards social protection opens up a window of opportunity for highlighting the synergistic effects between economic and social policies and for removing the separation between the redistributive and the productive spheres.

This publication was produced under the Brazil & Africa: fighting poverty and empowering women via South-South Cooperation project.