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Poverty, the crisis and social policy responses in developing countries

Edited by Armando Barrientos

in Social Policy in Challenging Times

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428288
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305521 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.003.0006
Poverty, the crisis and social policy responses in developing countries

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The chapter examines the role and significance of social policies in developing countries, and especially social assistance, against the context of the crisis. It argues that although emergency responses to the crisis might be a necessity in certain contexts, they seldom lead to effective and long-lasting institutions to address poverty and vulnerability. The emergence of social assistance programmes in developing countries demonstrates that it is important to focus on programmes which address ‘current’ and ‘future’ poverty through strengthening the economic and social inclusion of households in poverty. Social policy responses to the crisis need to be articulated around existing programmes and with a firm focus on the post-crisis world.

Keywords: poverty; crisis; social assistance; developing countries; social inclusion

Chapter.  6654 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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