Who contributes? Re-thinking “Non-contributory” within a citizenship paradigm

Pathway Perspectives

The words we use, and how we use them, can either perpetuate or challenge dominant power structures and their associated discourses. Such is the way with the term ‘noncontributory’ as it applies to that set of social protection interventions frequently cast in opposition to their ‘contributory’ counterparts. Development Pathway's Senior Social Policy Specialist, Shea McClanahan, challenges us to broaden our perspective on what it means to contribute and, by extension, to deserve social protection.