Cash Transfers as an Instrument in Fighting Poverty
Some Reflections Based on the Swedish Debate
A new dynamic stage has been reached in the debate on social protection and cash transfer programs, both internationally and on the African scene.
These issues are likely to figure more prominently in connection with the on-going discussions about the new multilateral development goals beyond 2015.
In Africa the debate has also been influenced by the current dilemma: high economic growth rates in many African countries, but persistent poverty and widening income gaps.
Stronger African action at the political leadership levels is needed with increased willingness to embark on concrete programs in cooperation with civil society.
Aid agencies need to take a stronger interest in cash transfers as a means to fight poverty. Sweden has a legacy of being in the forefront regarding social protection systems.