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Social Safety Nets Primer Note

 

January 2003 - June 2011

 

This series is intended to provide a practical resource for those engaged in the design and implementation of safety net programs around the world. Readers will find information on good practices for a variety of types of interventions, country contexts, themes and target groups, as well as current thinking on the role of social safety nets in the broader development agenda.

 

The Primer includes Papers and shorter summary Notes.

 

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Natural disasters : what is the role for social safety nets? (English)

The frequency of dramatic natural shocks around the world is a reminder that governments and the international community need to do more to prevent and mitigate the human misery and economic costs that result from such calamities. ... See More +

Brief 63415 JUN 01, 2011

Clay, Edward Disclosed

How to make public works work : a review of the experiences (English)

Public work programs (PWPs) have been an important safety nets instrument used in diverse country circumstances at different points in time in both middle income and low income countries. ... See More +

Brief 56751 SEP 01, 2009

Del Ninno, Carlo; Subbarao, Kalanidhi; Milazzo, Annamaria Spanish Disclosed

How to make public works work : a review of the experiences : Como hacer que los programas publicos de empleo funcionen : analisis de experiencias (Spanish)

Public work programs (PWPs) have been an important safety nets instrument used in diverse country circumstances at different points in time in both middle income and low income countries. ... See More +

Brief 56751 SEP 01, 2009

Del Ninno, Carlo; Subbarao, Kalanidhi; Milazzo, Annamaria English Disclosed

Social safety nets in World Bank lending and analytical work : FY2002-2007 : Redes de seguridad social en el financiamiento y el trabajo analitico del Banco Mundial : EE2002 a 2007 (Spanish)

During FY 2002-2007 the World Bank engaged with 118 countries on social safety net (SSN) issues, providing lending in 68, analytic products in 86, training in 87, and a combined package of all three services in 42. ... See More +

Brief 47291 JAN 01, 2009

Andrews, Colin English Disclosed

Levels and patterns of safety net spending in developing and transition countries (English)

This paper offers a new set of data compiled from individual World Bank country reports and covering 87 developing and transition countries during 1996-2006. ... See More +

Brief 47292 JAN 01, 2009

Andrews, Colin Spanish Disclosed

Social safety nets in World Bank lending and analytical work : FY2002-2007 (English)

During FY 2002-2007 the World Bank engaged with 118 countries on social safety net (SSN) issues, providing lending in 68, analytic products in 86, training in 87, and a combined package of all three services in 42. ... See More +

Brief 47291 JAN 01, 2009

Andrews, Colin Spanish Disclosed

Levels and patterns of safety net spending in developing and transition countries : Niveles y patrones de gasto en seguridad social en paises en desarrollo y en transicion (Spanish)

This paper offers a new set of data compiled from individual World Bank country reports and covering 87 developing and transition countries during 1996-2006. ... See More +

Brief 47292 JAN 01, 2009

Andrews, Colin English Disclosed

Reducing error, fraud, and corruption (EFC) in social protection programs : Reduccion de errores, fraude, y corrupcion en los programas de proteccion social (Spanish)

Social Protection (SP) and Social Safety Net (SSN) programs channel a large amount of public resources, it is important to make sure that these reach the intended beneficiaries. ... See More +

Brief 52150 JAN 01, 2009

Tesliuc, Emil Daniel; Milazzo, Annamaria English Disclosed

High labor intensive (HIMO) public works in Madagascar : issues and policy options (English)

High labor intensive (HIMO) public work programs have been very popular in recent years in Madagascar. They have been one of the most common safety net program used to address poverty and vulnerability. ... See More +

Brief 47554 DEC 31, 2008

Milazzo, Anna Maria; Disclosed

Management information systems in social safety net programs : a look at accountability and control mechanisms (English)

The paper aims to provide practitioners working on Social Safety Net (SSN) projects with practical ways to use information management practices to mitigate accountability and control risks. ... See More +

Brief 47555 JAN 01, 2008

Andrews, Colin Disclosed

Reducing error, fraud, and corruption (EFC) in social protection programs (English)

Social Protection (SP) and Social Safety Net (SSN) programs channel a large amount of public resources, it is important to make sure that these reach the intended beneficiaries. ... See More +

Brief 52150 JAN 01, 2007

Tesliuc, Emil Daniel; Milazzo, Annamaria Spanish Disclosed

Aging and poverty in Africa and the role of social pensions (Russian)

In many low income African countries, three factors are placing an undue burden on the elderly: 1) the burden on the elderly has enormously increased with the increase in mortality of prime age adults due to the HIV-AIDS pandemic and regional conflicts; 2) the traditional safety net of the extended family has become ineffective and unreliable for the elderly; and, 3) in a few countries, the elderly are called upon to shoulder the responsibility of the family as they became the principal breadwinners, and caregivers for young children. ... See More +

Brief 33369 JUN 01, 2006

Subbarao, Kalanidhi Spanish, English Disclosed

Toolkit for programming assistance to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Sub-Saharan Africa : Herramientas para programar la ayuda a huerfanos y ninos vulnerables en Africa al sur del Sahara (Spanish)

Orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) are among the most vulnerable population groups in Africa. Without support and protection, they are exposed to the risk of abusive labor, lack of education, malnutrition, disease, and death. ... See More +

Brief 33367 JAN 01, 2006

Tovo, Maurizia; Prywes, Menahem; Kielland, Anne; Gibbons, Catherine; Saito, Junko Russian, English Disclosed

Price and tax subsidies: effectiveness and challenges : Catatan penting jaring pengaman nasiona (Indonesian-Malay)

Many governments use price and tax subsidization to meet social protection objectives. They endeavor to reduce the cost of living for their population-or for a subset of the population-by subsidizing the price of goods or services in lieu of, or in addition to, direct income transfers. ... See More +

Brief 33354 JAN 01, 2006

Mackintosh, Fiona; del Ninno, Carlo Spanish, Russian, English Disclosed

A new approach to social assistance : Latin America's experience with conditional cash transfer programs : A new approach to social assistance: Latin America's experience with conditional cash transfer programs (Indonesian-Malay)

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are an innovative and increasingly popular approach to social assistance. They provide money to poor families contingent upon certain behavior, usually investments in human capital such as keeping children in school or taking them to health centers on a regular basis. ... See More +

Brief 33365 JAN 01, 2006

Rawlings, Laura B. Spanish, Russian, English Disclosed

Public attitudes matter : political economy in the design of safety nets policies : Public attitudes matter; political economy in the design of safety nets policies (Russian)

It has long been recognized that political economy influences the design, implementation and outcome of safety nets, as well as other social programs, but there is no consensus about how to account for such concerns in policy decisions. ... See More +

Brief 33362 JAN 01, 2006

Blomquist, John Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English Disclosed

Targeted transfers in poor countries : revisiting trade-offs and policy options : Program transfer tepat sasaran di negara miskin mengkaji ulang baik-buruknya dan berbagai pilihan kebijakan (Indonesian-Malay)

Social safety nets are often seen as short-term palliatives or, worse, wastes of scarce money in developing economies. Critics point to leakages of benefits to non-targeted groups (i.e., the non-poor) or the policies' potential adverse effects on the incentives to work or save. ... See More +

Brief 33363 JAN 01, 2006

Whitehead, Tim Spanish, Russian, English Disclosed

Safety nets in transition economies (Russian)

Transition economies are commonly understood to be countries that have moved or are moving from a primarily state-planned to a market-based economic system with private ownership of assets and market-supporting institutions. ... See More +

Brief 33352 JAN 01, 2006

del Ninno, Carlo Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English Disclosed

Systemic shocks and social protection: the role and effectiveness of public works programs : Systemic shocks and social protection : the role and effectiveness of public works programs (Russian)

Public works programs have been an important safety net intervention in both developed and developing countries for many years. By providing temporary low-wage jobs to unskilled manual workers, income is transferred to poor households in a self-targeted manner while achieving useful projects such as road construction and maintenance, irrigation infrastructure, reforestation, and soil conservation. ... See More +

Brief 33351 JAN 01, 2006

Mackintosh, Fiona; Blomquist, John Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English Disclosed

Targeted transfers in poor countries : revisiting trade-offs and policy options : Transferencias dirigidas a grupos específicos en paises pobres: Nuevo examen de las concesiones reciprocas y las opciones en materia de politicas publicas (Spanish)

Social safety nets are often seen as short-term palliatives or, worse, wastes of scarce money in developing economies. Critics point to leakages of benefits to non-targeted groups (i.e., the non-poor) or the policies' potential adverse effects on the incentives to work or save. ... See More +

Brief 33363 JAN 01, 2006

Whitehead, Tim Russian, Indonesian-Malay, English Disclosed

Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries : Keringanan dan pembebasan biaya untuk jasa kesehatan di negara berkembang (id,Indonesian-Malay)

In response to shrinking budgets and growing demands, many developing countries have adopted formal or informal user fees in government health facilities. ... See More +

Newsletter 33359 JAN 01, 2006

Bitran Dicowsky,Ricardo A.; Giedion,Ursula Disclosed

Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries : Exenciones de pago y prestaciones gratuitas en los servicios de salud de los paises en desarrollo (Spanish)

In response to shrinking budgets and growing demands, many developing countries have adopted formal or informal user fees in government health facilities. ... See More +

Newsletter 33359 JAN 01, 2006

Bitran Dicowsky,Ricardo A.; Giedion,Ursula Russian, English Disclosed

Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States : Diseno y puesta en marcha de sistemas de focalizacion de hogares: lecciones de America Latina y Estados Unidos (Spanish)

A recent review of international experience finds that the median targeted program provides roughly 25 percent more resources to the poor than would random allocations. ... See More +

Newsletter 33372 JAN 01, 2006

Lindert,Kathy A. Russian, English Disclosed

Community-based health insurance and social protection : Seguro de salud comunitario y medidas de proteccion social (Spanish)

Health risks pose a grave threat to lives and livelihoods, especially those of the poor. Health shocks add additional expenditures to the burden of the poor precisely when they can least afford it. ... See More +

Brief 33373 JAN 01, 2006

Tabor,Steven R. Russian, English Disclosed

Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries (Russian)

In response to shrinking budgets and growing demands, many developing countries have adopted formal or informal user fees in government health facilities. ... See More +

Newsletter 33359 JAN 01, 2006

Bitran Dicowsky,Ricardo A.; Giedion,Ursula Spanish, English Disclosed

Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States (Russian)

A recent review of international experience finds that the median targeted program provides roughly 25 percent more resources to the poor than would random allocations. ... See More +

Newsletter 33372 JAN 01, 2006

Lindert,Kathy A. Spanish, English Disclosed

Community-based health insurance and social protection (Russian)

Health risks pose a grave threat to lives and livelihoods, especially those of the poor. Health shocks add additional expenditures to the burden of the poor precisely when they can least afford it. ... See More +

Brief 33373 JAN 01, 2006

Tabor,Steven R. Spanish, English Disclosed

Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States (English)

A recent review of international experience finds that the median targeted program provides roughly 25 percent more resources to the poor than would random allocations. ... See More +

Newsletter 33372 JAN 01, 2005

Lindert,Kathy A. Spanish, Russian Disclosed

Community-based health insurance and social protection (English)

Health risks pose a grave threat to lives and livelihoods, especially those of the poor. Health shocks add additional expenditures to the burden of the poor precisely when they can least afford it. ... See More +

Brief 33373 JAN 01, 2005

Tabor,Steven R. Spanish, Russian Disclosed

Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries (English)

In response to shrinking budgets and growing demands, many developing countries have adopted formal or informal user fees in government health facilities. ... See More +

Newsletter 33359 JAN 01, 2003

Bitran Dicowsky,Ricardo A.; Giedion,Ursula Spanish, Russian Disclosed

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Natural disasters : what is the role for social safety nets? (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 63415 Brief
How to make public works work : a review of the experiences (English)
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SEP 01, 2009 56751 Brief Spanish
How to make public works work : a review of the experiences : Como hacer que los programas publicos de empleo funcionen : analisis de experiencias (Spanish)
See More +
SEP 01, 2009 56751 Brief English
Social safety nets in World Bank lending and analytical work : FY2002-2007 : Redes de seguridad social en el financiamiento y el trabajo analitico del Banco Mundial : EE2002 a 2007 (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 47291 Brief English
Levels and patterns of safety net spending in developing and transition countries (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 47292 Brief Spanish
Social safety nets in World Bank lending and analytical work : FY2002-2007 (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 47291 Brief Spanish
Levels and patterns of safety net spending in developing and transition countries : Niveles y patrones de gasto en seguridad social en paises en desarrollo y en transicion (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 47292 Brief English
Reducing error, fraud, and corruption (EFC) in social protection programs : Reduccion de errores, fraude, y corrupcion en los programas de proteccion social (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2009 52150 Brief English
High labor intensive (HIMO) public works in Madagascar : issues and policy options (English)
See More +
DEC 31, 2008 47554 Brief
Management information systems in social safety net programs : a look at accountability and control mechanisms (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2008 47555 Brief
Reducing error, fraud, and corruption (EFC) in social protection programs (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2007 52150 Brief Spanish
Aging and poverty in Africa and the role of social pensions (Russian)
See More +
JUN 01, 2006 33369 Brief Spanish, English
Toolkit for programming assistance to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Sub-Saharan Africa : Herramientas para programar la ayuda a huerfanos y ninos vulnerables en Africa al sur del Sahara (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33367 Brief Russian, English
Price and tax subsidies: effectiveness and challenges : Catatan penting jaring pengaman nasiona (Indonesian-Malay)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33354 Brief Spanish, Russian, English
A new approach to social assistance : Latin America's experience with conditional cash transfer programs : A new approach to social assistance: Latin America's experience with conditional cash transfer programs (Indonesian-Malay)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33365 Brief Spanish, Russian, English
Public attitudes matter : political economy in the design of safety nets policies : Public attitudes matter; political economy in the design of safety nets policies (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33362 Brief Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English
Targeted transfers in poor countries : revisiting trade-offs and policy options : Program transfer tepat sasaran di negara miskin mengkaji ulang baik-buruknya dan berbagai pilihan kebijakan (Indonesian-Malay)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33363 Brief Spanish, Russian, English
Safety nets in transition economies (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33352 Brief Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English
Systemic shocks and social protection: the role and effectiveness of public works programs : Systemic shocks and social protection : the role and effectiveness of public works programs (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33351 Brief Spanish, Indonesian-Malay, English
Targeted transfers in poor countries : revisiting trade-offs and policy options : Transferencias dirigidas a grupos específicos en paises pobres: Nuevo examen de las concesiones reciprocas y las opciones en materia de politicas publicas (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33363 Brief Russian, Indonesian-Malay, English
Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries : Keringanan dan pembebasan biaya untuk jasa kesehatan di negara berkembang (id,Indonesian-Malay)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33359 Newsletter
Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries : Exenciones de pago y prestaciones gratuitas en los servicios de salud de los paises en desarrollo (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33359 Newsletter Russian, English
Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States : Diseno y puesta en marcha de sistemas de focalizacion de hogares: lecciones de America Latina y Estados Unidos (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33372 Newsletter Russian, English
Community-based health insurance and social protection : Seguro de salud comunitario y medidas de proteccion social (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33373 Brief Russian, English
Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33359 Newsletter Spanish, English
Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33372 Newsletter Spanish, English
Community-based health insurance and social protection (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2006 33373 Brief Spanish, English
Designing and implementing household targeting systems: lessons from Latin America and the United States (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2005 33372 Newsletter Spanish, Russian
Community-based health insurance and social protection (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2005 33373 Brief Spanish, Russian
Waivers and exemptions for health services in developing countries (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2003 33359 Newsletter Spanish, Russian