THE ECONOMIST: Ethiopia’s scheme to help the poor is setting an example

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For years the Ethiopian government flinched at terms like “social protection”. Donors are hopeful that it now considers the safety-net a long-term policy rather than “a sticking plaster that won’t be necessary once industrialisation takes off”, says Tom Lavers of Manchester University. But, he notes, antipathy towards Western-style welfarism remains strong. The government flatly rejected the idea of no-strings cash handouts, which are popular among donors and development economists, partly because they are cheap to administer.

Period31 May 2018

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  • TitleEthiopia’s scheme to help the poor is setting an example
    Media name/outletThe Economist
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date31/05/18
    DescriptionFor years the Ethiopian government flinched at terms like “social protection”. Donors are hopeful that it now considers the safety-net a long-term policy rather than “a sticking plaster that won’t be necessary once industrialisation takes off”, says Tom Lavers of Manchester University. But, he notes, antipathy towards Western-style welfarism remains strong. The government flatly rejected the idea of no-strings cash handouts, which are popular among donors and development economists, partly because they are cheap to administer.
    URLhttps://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/05/31/ethiopias-scheme-to-help-the-poor-is-setting-an-example?
    PersonsThomas Lavers

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute

Keywords

  • Ethiopia
  • global development
  • social security