Accepted paper:

The relevance of institutions and people's preferences in PSNP and IN-SCT programmes in Ethiopia

Authors:

Vincenzo Vinci (UNU-MERIT & UNICEF)
Keetie Roelen (Institute of Development Studies)

Paper short abstract:

This article explores the linkages between quality of institutions and people's preferences in relation to the quality of implementation of social protection interventions by using Ethiopia and the Productive Safety Net Programme as a case study.

Paper long abstract:

Effective implementation of social protection interventions is key for achieving positive impact, but factors underpinning quality of implementation have not been widely explored. Recent literature on determinants of social protection expenditures indicates that quality of institutions and people's preferences play an important role. This article builds on this literature to explore the linkages between quality of institutions and people's preferences in relation to the quality of implementation of social protection interventions. It does so by using Ethiopia and one of the largest social protection programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa - the Productive Safety Net Programme - as a case study, thereby contributing to debates of how social protection can be implemented more effectively, particularly in settings with widespread poverty, relatively low levels of institutional capacity and rapid scale-up of programmes. Based on primary qualitative data, the article finds that greater institutional quality is associated with more effective implementation of social protection interventions. The ability to voice preferences can lead to adaptations in implementation, although the extent to which this occurs is highly gendered.

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Stream:
The politics of state policies and social protection
The politics of implementing social protection programmes: political competition, state capacity and policy feedback [paper]