Working Paper

Shocks and Social Protection in the Horn of Africa: Analysis from the Productive Safety Net Programme in Ethiopia

Published on 27 June 2012

Using panel data from the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program, this paper explores the degree to which this social protection programme has been successful in protecting its beneficiaries against the various shocks that have affected the Horn of Africa in the recent past.

The analysis suggests that although the PSNP has managed to improve households’ food security and wellbeing, the positive effects of the programme are not robust enough to shield recipients completely against the impacts of severe shocks.


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Rural Futures Cluster Lead

Publication details

published by
Béné, C., Devereux, S. and Sabates-Wheeler, R.
IDS Working Paper, issue 395
978 1 78118 063 1


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