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The Politics of Social Protection in sub-Saharan Africa: Cash Transfers in Malawi and Zambia in Comparative Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines which factors determine domestic financial support for donor-driven cash transfer projects in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, it focuses on the interaction between the domestic political context in recipient states, on the one hand, and the aid relationship between donors and recipients on the other hand. Based on a rational theoretical framework that distinguishes between state-citizen and donor-recipient relations, it is assumed that the interplay of these two dimensions shape government incentives to finance cash transfers. In order to empirically assess this, a comparative case study is conducted. The analysis juxtaposes the trajectory of cash transfer projects in Malawi and Zambia that have similar designs but differ with regard to domestic financial commitments. The empirical evidence in this paper points to the conclusion that both state-citizen and donor-recipient relations influenced the evolution of the two schemes. Findings from the Zambian case, furthermore, suggest that high donor influence itself was not enough to spur domestic financial contributions to the program but needed to be accompanied by favorable state-citizen relations.   

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2016. , 33 p.
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295839DiVA: diva2:935121
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Freestanding course
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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