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Working Paper

IDS Working Paper;453

The Prospects and Politics of Social Protection Reform in Zambia

Published on 9 April 2015

This paper analyses the prospects for social protection reform in Zambia under the ‘pro-poor’ government of the Patriotic Front (PF).

The paper argues that the PF has been changing the development policy arena in ways that may modify domestic political structures providing more rights-based benefits especially for the extreme poor and vulnerable. It further reveals that the persistence of the clientelistic dynamics of state-society relations and weak civil society organisations inhibit the expression of demands for formal social protection by poor people. It concludes that because the social protection reform is supply -, rather than demand-driven, its progress depends on the extent to which the government is motivated to sustain the provision of social protection in the long-run.

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Maria Klara Kuss

IDS Alumni Ambassador

Publication details

published by
Institute of Development Studies
authors
Kuss, Maria Klara
journal
IDS Working Paper, issue 453
isbn
978 1 78118 227 7
language
English

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Programmes and centres
Centre for Social Protection
Region
Zambia

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