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Introducing “Social Assistance in Developing Countries” by Armando Barrientos

Cover of Armando Barrientos's book, "Social Assistance in Developing Countries" Photo Credit: Lybrary.com

Cover of Armando Barrientos’s book, “Social Assistance in Developing Countries”
Photo Credit: Lybrary.com

Introducing the new book, “Social Assistance in Developing Countries” by Armando Barrientos tracking the emergence and contribution of social assistance programmes in the developing world.

IPC-IG interviewed the author where he explained how he “tried to provide insight and perspective of the theoretical basis for the expansion of social assistance in developing countries”. He explored three types of programmes experiencing significant expansion in developing countries, including conditional cash transfer programmes such as the ones in Latin America, non-contributory pensions of South Asia and Southern Africa, as well as guaranteed employment schemes. Barrientos’ interest was “to provide a link to an analysis of these programmes beyond design and impact, providing a perspective on the theory behind these social assistance programmes”.

The book includes discussions on the ethics and motivations behind social assistance programmes. It also includes a look at the economics of optimal transfer programmes in an effort to extract the strategies and influences propelling such efforts. Barrientos goes on to supply an investigation of the various practices adopted in developing countries, through classification of the programmes. He provides insight into the influence of politics and where future financing will come from. The book thus succeeds in exposing the potential for social assistance programmes to contribute to the reduction and eventual eradication of poverty in developing countries.

To read a One Pager by Barrientos summarizing the key messages of the book, click here:

To purchase “Social Assistance in Developing Countries (Hardcover)” by Armando Barrientos, click here.

To see IPC-IG’s video interview with the author, click here.

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Author: Ashleigh Kate Slingsby

Short URL: http://pressroom.ipc-undp.org/?p=15735

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