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Child Vulnerability and Social Protection in Kenya

Resources - Author: Bjorn Gelders /

The definition of child vulnerability used in Kenya’s social protection sector was shaped in the early 2000s, when policymakers noted an increasing number of orphans as a consequence of the AIDS pandemic and developed the National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Kenya’s Cash Transfer for...

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Exclusion by Design: an assessment of the effectiveness of the proxy means test poverty targeting mechanism (ESS Working Paper No. 56)

Resources - Author: Bjorn Gelders, Diloá Bailey-Athias, Stephen Kidd / Year: 2017

This paper assesses the effectiveness of the proxy means test (PMT) targeting methodology. It brings together international evidence to show that it is both inaccurate and arbitrary. The mechanism suffers from high in-built design errors, additional errors introduced during implementation, and infrequent surveys, meaning that it cannot respond to...

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Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance

Resources - Author: Bjorn Gelders, Carol Watson, Gabrielle Smith, Jonathan Sibley, Stephen Kidd, Tareq Abu-el-Haj / Year: 2015

Despite Fiji’s status as a middle-income country, a high proportion of children live in poor and income-insecure families. The Department of Social Welfare administers several social transfer schemes for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, including the Care and Protection Allowance for children. This report examines levels of child...

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