Social assistance programmes are now present in many African countries. This panel aims to examine the discussions around their creation, funding, implementation and evaluation; to identify and analyse the actors that are involved with them; and to study their design and results.
Social assistance is increasingly becoming an important instrument in the fight against poverty in developing countries. This is also true for several countries in Africa, which have adopted social assistance policies. Although some social protection systems date from long ago, the adoption of social assistance measures seems to be a new trend in the continent. However, the ideas and the interests that inform these policies differ significantly from case to case, as do the actors involved. This translates into different policy objectives, designs and results. The panel invites papers that address the following and related subjects: 1. Politics and social assistance policies 2. Actors involved with the design, funding, implementation and/or evaluation of social assistance in African countries 3. Funding of social assistance programmes 4. Policy design and policy results