South Africa’s Welfare Success Story II: Poverty-Reducing Social Grants

28 Jan 2014 - 11:30
Brookings Blog Africa In Focus 28 Jan 2014
Brookings AGI DPRU blog 28 Jan 2014

In this blog post Prof Bhorat and Ms Cassim discuss South Africa's extensive and progressively targeted social security system, asking whether it is genuinely contributing to declining levels of poverty and inequality in the country. There are also concerns that grants and social assistance is an aggravating cause of the structural disequilibrium evident in the South African labour market. Is social assistance what many in South Africa need?

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The first article, South Africa’s Welfare Success Story I: A Rapid Asset Delivery Program was published on Friday 24 January 2014.