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The Role and Nature of Non-Contributory Social Security in the Design of Social Protection Strategies for Older People in DCs


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  • Roddy McKinnon


  • Roland Sigg,


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    Non-contributory social security is increasingly attracting the attention of developing country policymakers and observers, not least as a mechanism to help address the perceived failure of contributory social security to reduce poverty in developing countries. This development is most visible in relation to non-contributory social security's role in contributing to meeting the immediate cash income needs of a growing number of unprotected older (and disabled) people. Despite the opportunities for extending social security coverage and reducing poverty presented by non-contributory programmes, the insertion of such programmes, for instance, within developing country social protection strategies, presents fundamental challenges in terms of how social security, henceforth, should be organised, financed and administered. Not only do these challenges have implications for the global normative basis of social security but they also present the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and other organisations involved in international social security debates with important pointers regarding how the existing coverage gap in social security could be filled. [DSA 2003 Conference paper]

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    Paper provided by eSocialSciences in its series Working Papers with number id:525.

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    Date of creation: May 2006
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    Keywords: social security; older people; senior citizens; non-contributory social security; social protection strategies; Pension funds; Economics; Social Welfare;


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    1. Armando Barrientos & Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, 2002. "Older and poorer? Ageing and poverty in the South," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1129-1131.
    2. Armando Barrientos, 2002. "Old age, poverty and social investment," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1133-1141.
    3. Elwan, Ann, 1999. "Poverty and disability : a survey of the literature," Social Protection Discussion Papers 21315, The World Bank.
    4. Robert Holzmann & Steen Jorgensen, 2000. "Social risk management : a new conceptual framework for social protection and beyond," Social Protection Discussion Papers 21314, The World Bank.
    5. Canagarajah, Sudharshan & Sethuraman, S.V., 2001. "Social protection and the informal sector in developing countries : challenges and opportunities," Social Protection Discussion Papers 24080, The World Bank.
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    1. ¿Sirven las pensiones no contributivas?
      by Rosangela Bando in Hacia el desarrollo efectivo on 2014-06-10 11:00:43
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    1. Rosangela Bando & Paul Gertler & Sebastián Galiani, 2014. "Non-contributory pensions," IDB Publications 85234, Inter-American Development Bank.


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