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The Poverty Reduction Effect of Social Protection: The Pros and Cons of a Multidisciplinary Approach

  • There is a growing body of knowledge on the complex effects of social protection on poverty in Africa. This article explores the pros and cons of a multidisciplinary approach to studying social protection policies. Our research aimed at studying the interaction between cash transfers and social health protection policies in terms of their impact on inclusive growth in Ghana and Kenya. Also, it explored the policy reform context over time to unravel programme dynamics and outcomes. The analysis combined econometric and qualitative impact assessments with national- and local-level political economic analyses. In particular, dynamic effects and improved understanding of processes are well captured by this approach, thus, pushing the understanding of implementation challenges over and beyond a ‘technological fix,’ as has been argued before by Niño-Zarazúa et al. (World Dev 40:163–176, 2012), However, multidisciplinary research puts considerable demands on data and data handling. Finally, some poverty reduction effects play out over a longer time, requiring longitudinal consistent data that is still scarce.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Nicky Pouw, Katja Bender
Parent Title (English):The European Journal of Development Research
First Page:2204
Last Page:2223
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2022/03/15
Copyright:© The Author(s) 2022. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Funding:Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL. The funding was provided by Nicky Pouw (NWO, W 08.390.004).
Keyword:Interaction effects; Multidisciplinary; Policy instruments; Poverty; Social protection; Spill-over
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
Open access funding:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg / Publikationsfonds / 2022 ff
Entry in this database:2022/03/24
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International