This project builds upon earlier research into the potential role of charity and philanthropy to support development, using Colombo as a case study.

Principal investigators: Vanessa Watson. Lead Organisation: University of Cape Town

Co-investigators: Jane Battersby; Susan Marion Parnell; Warren Michael Smit; Jonathan Crush

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What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development in Liberia post-conflict, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote them?
Photograph shows a group of men preparing potatoes in Malawi. In Malawi, 90 percent of the labour force works outside the formal economy, leaving the majority of the country without job security or social services such as pension funds.
Youth poverty is important, not least because of its implications for the future, yet rural youth poverty in particular has received little attention from researchers or policy makers. The recent innovation in policy responses to poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has been social cash transfer (SCT) schemes.
Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank cash transfers programme
An increase in the number and scope of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes as a way to provide households with financial resources to meet subsistence needs while encouraging investment in children's human capital has come as a growing number live in extreme poverty after the recent financial crisis.
Examining the politics of welfare programmes in Africa, i.e. what ‘works’ politically and why, and analysing the political conditions and factors that either favour or impede the implementation of social assistance programmes.

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