Social Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reflections on Policy Challenges<sup>*</sup>

Joachim von Braun

in Social Security in Developing Countries

Published in print February 1991 | ISBN: 9780198233008
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678967 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Social Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reflections on Policy Challenges*

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This chapter deals with the formal elements of social-security provision, as these may form important building blocks of social-security systems in the long run. It points out that for a considerable time to come, social-security policy in sub-Saharan Africa will have to concentrate on the basic needs of food and health. The chapter further emphasizes that food-security policy and health and sanitation policy are, therefore, cornerstones for social-security policy, and observes that existing formal social-security systems in Africa tend to be urban biased and to serve the privileged rather than the poor. It opines that broader approaches to social security, however, have a part to play in development and actually do already play a significant role; yet, in most instances they are, at this stage, not State-based, but rather community- and family-based systems.

Keywords: social-security provision; sub-Saharan Africa; health policy; food-security policy; sanitation policy; urban biased; poor; family-based systems

Chapter.  7545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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