Booklet: Social Protection in Africa. Overview for policy-makers

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) in association with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) have published a Booklet on Social Protection targeted at Policy makers. The Booklet was launched at the 12th Annual Meeting of African Academies of Science (AMASA), in Johannesburg in November 2016. … ———- Please continue reading

ILO paper (CSDA): Cash Transfers and Women Empowerment

Social protection plays a key role when it comes to gender equality and women’s empowerment and social protection floors. A recent ILO working paper by SASPEN activists Marianne Ulriksen and Sophie Plagerson (both CSDA) examines the relationship between cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and the empowerment of women in South Africa. The country study is … ———- Please continue reading

Enter Flexibility in the Social Protection Landscape – New blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Enter Flexibility: how will it change the social protection landscape? Sophie Plagerson asks about the potentially positive effects of flexible labour markets. Contrary to received wisdom she points out that the flexibility and individualisation of employment observable in the advanced … ———- Please continue reading

Are cash transfers taxing the state? – New Blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In Are cash transfers taxing the state or should the state be taxing transfers? Sophie Plagerson discusses the implications of the separation between tax-payers and grant-recipients prevalent in much of Southern Africa. Asking “How can social policy avoid the perceived and … ———- Please continue reading

“If you aim for it, you might miss it” – New blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new blog piece is out on SASPEN INSIGHTS! In “If you aim for it, you might miss it”: targeting poverty is not the best way to reduce poverty Sophie Plagerson argues that targeting social protection and cash transfers at the poorest is neither financially necessary, nor fair, nor likely … ———- Please continue reading

Poor, poorest, poorer: Inequality is back! New blog on SASPEN INSIGHTS

A new article has been published in the blog SASPEN Insights! In Poor, poorest, poorer: Inequality is Back!, Sophie Plagerson observes that the English translation of Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st century” has reawoken academic interest on inequality. However, Plagerson argues that this intereset has yet to reach the discussions … ———- Please continue reading

Social Protection as Charity or Justice? New blog entry on SASPEN Insights

A new SASPEN INSIGHTS Blog is out! In Charity or Justice?, Sophie Plagerson reminds us of the important difference between understanding social protection either as charity or as justice. The giver-receiver relationship implied is markedly different, and is also still under negotiation in much of Southern Africa. Her discussion also … ———- Please continue reading

Couch or Potato? – New blog entry on SASPEN INSIGHTS!

SASPEN INSIGHTS has been recently launched to foster debate within SASPEN. The second blog post came out today! In Couch or potato? Reflections on the ethics of public policy research Sophie Plagerson (University of Johannesburg) critically engages with the ‘couch potato’ rhetoric around unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits have a hard … ———- Please continue reading