Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161513
Authors: 
Lavers, Tom
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/130
Abstract: 
Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Programme is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent. This paper analyses the political drivers of the programme, arguing that elite commitment can be understood in the context of shifts within Ethiopia's political settlement and the government's evolving development strategy. Foreign donors provided policy ideas and pushed for reform, but it was not until incentives flowing from the political settlement were favourable that elite commitment was secured. Even then, long-standing ideological commitments shaped the productive focus of the programme, ensuring consistency with the development strategy.
Subjects: 
Ethiopia
food security
political settlements
process tracing
public works
social protection
JEL: 
H55
I38
O55
P48
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-174-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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