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Social Protection in Africa-A Review of Potential Contribution and Impact on Poverty Reduction

The scope of social protection is wide in many African countries, encompassing a range of social protection interventions and social safety nets.

A Review of Potential Contribution and Impact on Poverty Reduction

POLICY OPTIONS FOR EXTENDING SOCIAL PROTECTION

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FOREWORD As South Africa continues on its remarkable journey to fulfil its vision of eliminating poverty, reducing inequality and addressing the challenge of unemployment, it faces a daunting challenge of addressing the structural and social imbalances carried over from the pre-democracy era. The National Development Plan recognizes that growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state and promoting leadership and partnerships are key drivers in raising living standards to the minimum level articulated within the plan. It recognizes that this will involve a combination of increasing employment and raising incomes through productivity growth, a social wage and good quality public services. It also recognizes that social protection will always be needed for vulnerable groups and for working-age adults who cannot find work. South Africa has a very well-developed social protection system with over 17 million citizens covered. In 2016, there are 11.9 million recipients of the Child Support Grant; 3.2 million Older Person’s Grant beneficiaries; 131,375 Care Dependency Grant; 493,012 on the Foster Care Grant; 230 on the War Veterans Grant and 1.7 million recipients of the Disability Grant.

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