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The social dimensions of adjustment in Africa : a policy agenda (English)

The focus of adjustment programs has changed during the past few years, involving a growing concern for integrating measures to reduce poverty into the adjustment process itself. This goes beyond a more limited policy approach that seeks to protect or mitigate the transitional costs of adjustment on various population groups. The policy focus of the Social Dimensions of Adjustment (SDA) initiative consists of helping three categories of socioeconomic groups : a) the chronic poor; b) the new poor and c) other vulnerable groups. The key policy problem is how to assist these poor and vulnerable groups without causing distortions in economic mechanisms that threaten the maintenance of economic discipline. The policy framework of SDA country level assistance is based on four areas : 1) improved macro and sectoral policy management; 2) social action programs to help vulnerable socioeconomic groups; 3) strengthened national information systems for enhanced policy and program formulation; and 4) institutional development to sustain social dimensions in future policymaking. These measures offer a range of possible kinds of assistance, which can help promote the common objective of fully integrating social dimensions into day to day decisionmaking at all levels of government. In this manner, participating countries will be able to move toward meeting the goals of sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

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  • Author

    African Development Bank United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Document Date

    1990/03/31

  • Document Type

    Publication

  • Report Number

    8606

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Africa,

  • Region

    Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    The social dimensions of adjustment in Africa : a policy agenda

  • Keywords

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African Development Bank United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The social dimensions of adjustment in Africa : a policy agenda (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/290801468740130630/The-social-dimensions-of-adjustment-in-Africa-a-policy-agenda