Social investment and social assistance in low- and middle income countries

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Social investment figures prominently in the recent expansion of social assistance in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This is grounded on an understanding that poverty is primarily a consequence of low productive capacity. To be effective, social assistance must be designed to support human development and economic inclusion. Relying on a new dataset of Social Assistance in Low and Middle Income Countries (SALMIC), this chapter assesses the social investment orientation of recent social assistance expansion. Classifying programmes according to their design enables the development of appropriate measures of social investment globally and across regions. Their analysis throws light on correlates of social investment reforms, their political salience, and on the role of legacies and institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe world politics of social investment: Volume 1
Subtitle of host publicationWelfare states in the knowledge economy
EditorsJulian L. Garritzmann, Silja Häusermann, Bruno Palier
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780197585245
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2022


  • social investment
  • social assistance
  • Low and middle income countries
  • poverty
  • conditional income transfers

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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