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Strengthening governance of social safety nets in East Asia


  • Giannozzi, Sara
  • Khan, Asmeen


Several East Asian countries, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, are considering an expansion of their social safety net programs. In many cases, existing delivery mechanisms for social assistance in the region tend to be basic, in line with the small size of programs. In a context of coverage expansion and proliferation of new programs, the risk of creating increasingly complex systems characterized by cross-incentives is high. Lack of coordination, ambiguous criteria for identifying and selecting beneficiaries, low administrative capacity, lack of transparency and limited beneficiary participation pose risks for program effectiveness and can decrease accountability. Good governance can improve program outcomes through effective program coordination, stronger accountability arrangements, provider incentives and greater transparency and participation. This paper proposes an analytical framework to systematically identify governance risks and constraints which, if removed, could improve the outcomes of modern social assistance programs.

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  • Giannozzi, Sara & Khan, Asmeen, 2011. "Strengthening governance of social safety nets in East Asia," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 63930, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:63930

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    Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Safety Nets and Transfers; National Governance; Governance Indicators; Poverty Monitoring&Analysis;

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