Exit or Developmental Impact? The Role of ‘Graduation’ in Social Protection Programmes
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The framework developed in this article illustrates how social protection with a developmental approach can deepen socioeconomic impact at individual and household level and effectively address apprehension over dependency. The starting point examines various definitions of ‘graduation’ within a social protection context – as exit from poverty, or from the social protection system, or alternatively as a process of continually strengthening household developmental outcomes. Appropriately designed and effectively implemented, a ‘graduation’ approach can sustainably promote dynamic outcomes, with inclusive economic expansion reinforcing poverty reduction, which in turn contributes to further growth and development. These micro?oriented initiatives will likely work best when embedded within a broader macro development framework that integrates and strengthens the range of social and economic policy instruments implemented by government. This article maps out a path for policymakers aiming to strengthen the pro?poor and inclusive economic growth and development impacts of social protection by incorporating a graduation approach.
CitationSamson, M. (2015) Exit or Developmental Impact? The Role of ‘Graduation’ in Social Protection Programmes. IDS Bulletin 46(2): 13-24
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