Antipoverty Transfers in Developing Countries

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•06•27    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Antipoverty Transfers in Developing Countries: A Quiet Revolution?”

    Since the turn of the century, antipoverty transfer programmes have emerged as one of the fastest growing interventions in international development policy and practice. Large-scale social assistance programmes in middle-income developing countries providing direct transfers make an important contribution to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability, and to knowledge on poverty and its remedies.

    Increasingly, antipoverty transfer programmes and social protection are seen as an essential component of an effective development strategy, combining growth, basic service provision, and social protection. However, research on their rationale and conceptual basis is lacking; and their design, effectiveness, and political effects are strongly contested.

    This seminar will examine the foundations of antipoverty transfers and assesses their future evolution in low and middle income countries. The speaker will be Prof. Armando Barrientos of Brooks World Poverty Institute.

    About the speaker

    Armando Barrientos is Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI). He is also a Senior Researcher with the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, leading research on Insecurity, Risk and Vulnerability. Before joining BWPI in 2007, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and Senior Lecturer in Public Economics and Development at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, Manchester.

    For more information, see the Calendar of events on the UNU-MERIT website.