Social cash transfers and changing generational relations in Malawi and Lesotho
(Brunel University London)
Lorraine van Blerk (University of Dundee)
Roeland Hemsteede (University of Dundee)
Evance Mwathunga (Chancellor College, University of Malawi)
Thandie Hlabana (National University of Lesotho)
Paper short abstract:
Based on qualitative research over a 3-year period, we explore how three cash transfer schemes - Lesotho's Old Age Pension and Child Grants Programme and Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Programme - are transforming social relations in rural communities.
Paper long abstract:
Unconditional social cash transfer programmes have been implemented in many African countries over the past two decades. We explore the effects of three such schemes - Lesotho's Old Age Pension and Child Grants Programme and Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Programme - on social relations in rural communities. These three schemes have distinct differences in targeting and transfer levels. Based on in depth qualitative research in two rural communities over a three-year period, we identify how the different schemes contribute in contrasting ways to shifting relations of age, gender and generation within families and across communities.
Understanding social protection as technologies of social ordering and reproduction within contemporary development