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Mainstreaming Safety Nets in the Social Protection Policy Agenda: A New Vision or the Same Old Perspective?

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  • Ugo Gentilini1

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    (University of Rome III, Rome, Italy)

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    Social protection aims to provide a national platform for smoothly transitioning from a chaotic collection of shock responses to an institutionalized system for risk and non-risk management. For the poorest, the transition aims to move away from ad hoc, unpredictable relief to national safety nets that deliver timely, multi-year, guaranteed and predictable transfers. Social protection has to face particular challenges in chronically poor, shock-prone countries where the distinction between the chronic and transitory poor is often blurred. Other conceptual and programmatic issues also need further investigation. For filling these gaps, a research agenda articulated in ten thematic areas is proposed.

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    Article provided by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in its journal The Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 133-157

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    Handle: RePEc:fao:tejade:v:2:y:2005:i:2:p:133-157

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    Keywords: vulnerability; risk; shocks; social protection; safety nets.;

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