The role of Zakat in the provision of social protection

Meeting the Social Assistance Demands of an Increasingly Vulnerable World

The 'Social Assistance in Low and Middle Income Countries Dataset' research project collected data on social assistance programmes in low and middle income countries from 2000-2015. Indicators cover programme design and objectives, reach and transfer levels, institutionalisation, and financial resources for:

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Despite a situation of an active violent conflict, the Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project continues to deliver services and cash to the poor and vulnerable nationwide. This paper captures lessons learned from this innovative and pioneering project, which will be particularly relevant for shaping the World Bank's crisis response under IDA 18.

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Cash transfers became a subject of international policy transfer, but the underlying policy process is far more complex than simple policy diffusion. In order to understand the development of cash transfers in Indonesia, it is necessary to examine the long-term policy evolution in the context of national politics. This paper analyses the policy evolution of cash transfers in Indonesia, focusing on the policy decision process at the national level since the Asian economic crisis.

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This research investigates the barriers which low-income and vulnerable families with children face in accessing poverty-targeted social assistance (Targeted Social Assistance, TSA and the State Child Allowance, SCA2) and special social services. It focuses on children living in households, rather than those residing in institutions. Moreover, with respect to special social services, the study primarily covers children with disabilities and those with limited capacities.

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This document is a revised edition of Guidance for DFID country offices on measuring and maximising value for money in cash transfer programmes which DFID published in October 2011. The main revisions made for this edition are as follows:

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This briefing note examines the relationship between fossil-fuel subsidies and Indonesia’s broader policy interventions to promote social welfare. Traditionally, Indonesia has used fossil-fuel subsidies to help alleviate poverty and to control inflation. However, over time, this policy has grown increasingly expensive. It has also been criticized for being inefficient and regressive, given that the rich enjoy a greater proportion of the benefits than the poor.

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Improving social assistance programs in the PRC requires consideration of socioeconomic characteristics, beneficiary selection legalities, urban-rural equity, and integration between participating NPOs and programs.

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This paper reports that the vulnerable in Mexico—people who left poverty but have not yet gained a place in the middle class—make up 30-40 percent of the population, thanks to a combination of highly unsettled, low-paid employment, living in communities with poor services, and over-exposure to often short-lived and somewhat unpredictable uninsured risks.

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