Social protection, including cash transfers, is recognised as a key strategy to reduce poverty. Many people believe that ‘targeting the poor’ is the best means of ‘reaching the poor.’ The report Hit and miss: An assessment of targeting effectiveness in social protection examines over 30 social protection programmes in low- and middle-income countries and demonstrates that programs targeted at those living in poverty exclude the majority of the intended recipients while universal schemes are much more effective in reaching the poorest. They are also more popular, which means that they are more likely to allocated adequate resources by governments. Stephen Kidd, one of the authors of the report, will share findings and discuss the role of civil society in influencing the design of social protection programmes. Comments will be given by Ulrika Lång, at Sida.
- Dr Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Protection Specialist at Development Pathways
- Ulrika Lång, Senior Policy Advisor and focal point at Sida
- Kenneth Nelson, Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University
Facilitator: Gunnel Axelson Nycander, Policy Advisor Act Church of Sweden