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FYR Macedonia Special Focus Note : Social Assistance (English)

While social protection spending in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is comparatively high, spending on anti-poverty social assistance programs is low and fragmented across several programs. Furthermore, recent spending has been tilted toward non-means-tested programs, like Parental Allowance, in a context where poverty levels are relatively high and income-generation opportunities for the poor remain scarce, which raises allocative efficiency concerns. The coverage and the adequacy of benefit levels for the Social Financial Assistance, the best targeted program, remains low, while the incentives for social assistance beneficiaries to take up employment remain absent. Gaps in program coverage leave many households mired in poverty and will need to be addressed through reforms.

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FYR Macedonia Special Focus Note : Social Assistance (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/720171542965871345/FYR-Macedonia-Special-Focus-Note-Social-Assistance