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[IWS] ADB: SOCIAL PROTECTION INDEX BRIEF: SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC [October 2013]
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Asian Development Bank (ADB)
SOCIAL PROTECTION INDEX BRIEF: SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC [October 2013]
By Terry McKinley, Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies University of London and Consultant Asian Development Bank
Sri W. Handayani, Principal Social Development Specialist, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank
[full-text, 12 pages]
• Social assistance accounts for only 36% of total expenditures on social protection in Asia and the Pacific but benefits 58% of total target beneficiaries.
• Social transfers and child welfare comprise two-thirds of social assistance spending.
• Although cash transfers are gaining popularity in Asia and the Pacific, they should not be considered the centerpiece of national social protection systems.
• While social assistance programs will remain relevant for the poorest and disadvantaged groups, they cannot address all problems associated with poverty and vulnerability.
• Disaster relief is another form of social assistance that has increased in importance due to rising vulnerabilities brought about by natural shocks, including those associated with climate change.
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