Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/79496
Authors: 
Antonopoulos, Rania
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Levy Economics Institute 757
Abstract: 
This paper discusses social protection initiatives in the context of developing countries and explores the opportunities they present for promoting a gender-equality agenda and women's empowerment. The paper begins with a brief introduction on the emergence of social protection (SP) and how it is linked to economic and social policy. Next, it reviews the context, concepts, and definitions relevant to SP policies and identifies gender-specific social and economic risks and corresponding SP instruments, drawing on country-level experiences. The thrust of the paper is to explore how SP instruments can help or hinder the process of altering rigid gendered roles, and offers a critical evaluation of SP interventions from the standpoint of women's inclusion in economic life. Conditional cash transfers and employment guarantee programs are discussed in detail. An extensive annotated bibliography accompanies this paper as a resource for researchers and practitioners.
Subjects: 
social protection
social assistance
gender
women
public works programs
conditional cash transfers
development
employment guarantee programs
social protection floor initiative
developing countries
JEL: 
J13
J16
J18
O1
O11
O15
O19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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